O.J. Simpson gives his side of the story in bid for new trial
O.J. Simpson took the stand on Wednesday, telling his side of the story in the 2007 incident that eventually landed him in prison.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- O.J. Simpson took the stand on Wednesday, telling his side of the story in the 2007 incident that eventually landed him in prison.
Simpson said he always wanted to testify in that 2008 case, but his lawyer at the time told him not to say anything. He's trying to convince a judge that his defense team in 2008 was so bad that he deserves a new trial. Simpson is currently serving a minimum nine year prison sentence in northern Nevada.
Wednesday, Simpson finally had his chance to tell his side of the story in the botched robbery case at the Palace Station in 2007.
His lawyer knew of the plan to get back his belongings and gave the go-ahead to take back his footballs and family photos from two sports memorabilia dealers, Simpson claimed.
Simpson admitted in court that the heist didn't go as planned. He said he didn't know anyone had a weapon inside the hotel room because he'd been drinking and was stunned to see his stolen property.
"These are things that you live with in your house on the wall and you forget them," Simpson said. "You don't see them. It's wallpaper. These are things I hadn't seen in ten years and I was a little emotional about it."
The former football star's testimony is critical in his bid for a new trial.
Simpson says bad representation put him in prison, and that's what he's trying to prove. He claims his lawyers also never told him about a plea bargain that would have given him a lesser sentence. Simpson said he paid that lawyer hundreds of thousands of dollars because he thought there was no chance he'd be convicted.
Now, it's up to the judge on whether Simpson will be allowed a new trial and a new chance at freedom.