September 19, 2007
A dozen years after the so-called "Trial of the Century," OJ Simpson was back in court with the world watching.
Simpson, the former NFL star, was formally charged with 11 criminal offenses including kidnapping in connection with an alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Simpson pleaded not guilty to 11 criminal offenses including kidnapping in connection with an alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia
in a Las Vegas hotel room.
And after three nights in jail, Simpson was granted his formally requested bail.
Legal experts say the most damaging evidence is an audiotape made by an auctioneer who tipped off Simpson. On it, a voice said to be Simpson is heard threatening the collectors in the room, telling them not to move.
"I heard a crime committed. I heard a crime being committed on that tape" said defense attorney Stephen Caruso.
Overnight, entertainment website TMZ.com released more tape. This time with the voice of alleged victim Alfred Beardsley.
"We were just robbed at gunpoint, man. We were just robbed at gun point by O.J. Simpson" said a voice on the audio tape.
Simpson denies guns were present and says he was retrieving items stolen from him.
"You know the district attorney is going to stack the charges and they always do. Will they be successful in those charges, we don't think so" said former Simpson attorney Scott Holper.
A fourth suspect in the case was arrested overnight, while two others have been charged and released. There's talk some could end up testifying against Simpson in what is already shaping up to be another high profile legal battle, one that could end with Simpson spending life in prison.
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