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19 Celebrities Who Have Been Charged With Murder

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This list of celebrities charged with homicide proves that even the rich and famous have been embroiled in serious legal issues. It may surprise you to learn that several celebrities have been charged with varying degrees of homicide. Famous actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes have all been charged with homicide. Some of these celebs were acquitted, some pled guilty to a lesser charge, and others are serving life sentences in jail. 

Some of the most famous people charged with homicide include Snoop Dogg and O.J. Simpson.

Other celebs who were involved with criminal cases of murder include Ray Lewis, Robert Blake, and Phil Spector. There is still speculation as to whether or not some of these people murdered their supposed victims.

You may be surprised to learn how many famous people were charged with homicide. 


  • The Shield actor Michael Jace was arrested in May 2014 in Los Angeles for the fatal shooting of his wife, April Jace, in front of their two children. Michael himself called 911 to report the incident. According to Jace, he was upset with this wife and believed her to be cheating on him. 

    He was convicted of second-degree murder by a jury in 2016.

    • Snoop Dogg, along with his bodyguard, were charged with murder for the slaying of Philip Woldemariam, a rival gang member, in 1993.

      Snoop's bodyguard was acquitted immediately, as he fired at Woldemariam out of self-defense, but Snoop stayed involved in the case until he was acquitted of the charges in 1996.

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      • Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious was charged with murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, in 1979 in New York City after the band had broken up. Vicious was found in the hallway in a completely delusional drug fog, where he admitted to slaying Spungen.

        He perished only seven weeks later while out on bail when he attended a party and OD'd on heroin.

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          O.J. Simpson was charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

          After a much publicized trial, Simpson was found not guilty in 1995.

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