Criminal Case Against OJ Simpson Clouded By Accusers – Bail Set But Audio Tape Recording May Not Be Accurate

Criminal Case Against OJ Simpson Clouded By Accusers – Bail Set But Audio Tape Recording May Not Be Accurate

Simpson At Court

(Best Syndication) Former NFL football star OJ Simpson made bail and left the Las Vegas jail Wednesday. He was being held on kidnapping and armed robbery charges that could get him life in prison. Justice of the Peace judge Joe Bonaventure Jr. agreed to set his bail at $125,000 dollars. Bonaventure also ruled that the ex-professional running back give up his passport.

Simpson has already admitted to taking the memorabilia from a hotel room at the Palace Station Casino in Las Vegas. He denied breaking into the room and denied allegations that he or others carried any weapons.

Police continued to investigate the matter and on Saturday, September 15th, Walter Alexander was arrested. Alexander was charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of burglary with a deadly weapon.

On Sunday Las Vegas police arrested Simpson and charged him with robbery using a deadly weapon as well as conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and coercion. He faces more than 60 years in prison if convicted.

Legal experts believe that the case hinges on his alleged cohorts. There was a recording of the confrontation, but this could actually cloud the case. The reputation of the witnesses could also bring problems for the prosecution.

One of the collectors, Alfred Beardsley, who accused Simpson of robbing him, was arrested Wednesday on parole violations. He told the “Today” show that the audiotape may not be accurate.

The other victim, Bruce Fromong, is now recovering from a heart attack, according to wire reports. Tom Riccio, the man who allegedly arranged the meeting between Simpson and the two collectors, has a criminal record.

The timing of these accusations has boosted sales of the “If I did it” book. Unlike the murder case, Simpson admits to being at the alleged crime scene. Simpson’s attorney does not call it a crime or robbery. "You can't rob something that is yours," Yale Galanter said.

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer

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