Simpson friend testifies

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- One of O.J. Simpson's long-time friends and a former co-defendant has testified that Simpson's meeting with two memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas a year ago was supposed to be completely legal.

Charles Erlich twice answered "correct" when asked by defense lawyer Yale Gallanter if nothing illegal was planned and if the meeting was simply to recover stolen property.

Erlich has pleaded guilty to reduced charges and agreed to testify for the prosecution in Simpson's trial. He was one of five men who were with Simpson when he went to the dealers' hotel room.

The former football star and a co-defendant have pleaded not guilty to 12 charges, including armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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