O.J. Simpson Expected in Court Today

Las Vegas, NV (WVLT/CBS) - Former football star O.J. Simpson has a preliminary hearing today after being arrested and charged in connection with an armed robbery.

CBS's Jennifer Miller has the latest from Las Vegas.

Late Sunday night, a judge ordered Simpson held behind bars without bail.

He was arrested earlier in the day, accused of being part of a group that burst into a casino hotel room and snatched sports memorabilia, that reportedly includes Simpson's Hall of Fame certificate.

Captain James Dillon with the Las Vegas Police Department announced a rundown of the six felony charges Simpson is facing.

"Robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts. Assault with a deadly weapon, two counts. Assault with a deadly weapon, two counts. Conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary with a firearm," said Captain Dillon.

If convicted of the charges, Simpson would face up to 30 years in prison for each of the two robbery counts.

The ex-football great, turned Hollywood star, turned infamous murder defendant, says he set up a sting operation to get back stolen property and that no guns were used.

Police disagree.

"We don't believe anyone was roughed up, but there were firearms involved," Lt. Clint Nichols with the Las Vegas Police Department.

One witness also says they were armed.

"OJ was the last one to walk in. One of them for sure had his weapon drawn as he came through the door. They knew what they were there for, they knew what they wanted," says Bruce Fromong, the alleged robbery victim.

Another collector who says he was present during the incident says it's all just a big misunderstanding.

"If he had called us on the phone, I would have UPS-ed it to him and he could have it. It would only take a phone call," Alfred Beardsley.

Simpson is the second person arrested and police are looking to bring in at least four other men.

Simpson's award-winning football career was long ago eclipsed by the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and an acquaintance, Ron Goldman in 1994.

Simpson was charged with their murders but was acquitted at trial.

He was later held financially liable for the killings in a wrongful death civil suit and ordered to pay over $33 million to the Brown and Goldman families.

Goldman's father says he welcomes the possibility of Simpson going to prison.

"He's believed for years, decades, that he's entitled to do anything he wants, and the legal system and society has basically agreed with him," Goldman said. "This time, hopefully, he'll get what he deserves. He'll get jail time."

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  • by Calvin Location: Knoxville on Sep 17, 2007 at 04:05 PM
    Personally, I believe he murdered his ex and Ron, but I wasn't on the jury and "have" to accept their verdict as final. But sure hope that he doesn't keep being in the news for one incident after another. The best way for that is to put him away so I volunteer to be one of his peers and serve on his jury this time. :)


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