OJ Simpson parole hearing looms

Early on Friday morning (NZ time), one of America's most famous criminals will learn if he's being released on parole.

OJ Simpson was jailed for armed robbery - but many think he'd previously got away with murder.

The imprisoned former football star has a parole hearing set for 1pm on Thursday (local time), and it has big implications.

If it's successful, Simpson could be released as early as October 1 from the Nevada prison where he's served more than eight years for armed robbery and kidnapping.

Legal experts say Simpson, 70, has a good chance of receiving parole and walking away from the remainder of his nine- to 33-year sentence. 

In 1995, Simpson was acquitted in a criminal trial in Los Angeles, for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.