Co-Defendants To Squeeze The Juice

October 19th, 2007

Two of OJ Simpson’s co-defendants in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas last month may give testimony at trial that could damage any credibility that Simpson has left.

Simpson and five other men were arrested and charged with 10 felony counts of armed robbery, kidnapping, assault, burglary and conspiracy in connection with the incident in which the memorabilia dealers say that $80,000 worth of sports memorabilia were stolen. Simpson also faces an additional charge of coercion.

Although two of the men will reportedly testify about guns involved in the alleged robbery, OJ Simpson maintains that there were no guns involved in the incident.

Police interviewed one of the defendants, Walter Alexander, and according to the 45-page transcript, Simpson told Alexander to bring firearms to the hotel to meet with the memorabilia dealers. He alleges that Simpson wanted the victims to know that he meant business. Alexander says that he had a .22-caliber handgun tucked into his waistband during the alleged robbery and that the gun was given to him by another defendant, Michael McClinton. He says that McClinton carried a larger firearm into the hotel room. He also added that Simpson and the other defendants seemed to not want to go into the hotel room until he and McClinton arrived with the guns.

Alexander will reportedly testify against Simpson at trial and plead guilty to felony conspiracy to commit robbery, a charge that could land him in prison for up to six years.

Another one of the men, Charles Cashmore, is reportedly planning to plead guilty to felony accessory to robbery, which could land him behind bars for up to five years. Cashmore reportedly has said that one man carried a gun into the hotel room, tucked into his waistband, and another man, Michael McClinton went in with a larger firearm and brandished it at the victims, and acted as if he was a police officer.

Alexander an Cashmore will appear in court on October 23, and their lawyers say that they both will ask the court for probation.

Simpson maintains that no firearms were present at the alleged robbery. He is free on $125,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on November 8 for a preliminary hearing.