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Surprise witness may take stand during Simpson hearing

Surprise witness may take stand during Simpson hearing

By Denise Wong. CREATED May 17, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- There has been a new development in O.J. Simpson's fight to get a new trial.

On what is supposed to be the last day of his hearing in a Las Vegas courtroom, a surprise last-minute witness could take the stand.

Simpson's former lead attorney Yale Galanter is scheduled to testify Friday. He is the man that Simpson claims botched his 2008 trial.

But now, a new potential witness could testify and that person could take the stand for the Clark County District Attorney's Office.

The news about the new witness was revealed just seconds after the last witness left the stand on Thursday.

Simpson is fighting for a new trial for his 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction that sent him to prison for a minimum of nine years.

The 65-year-old claims his former lead attorney mishandled the case and never revealed that he gave Simpson the go ahead to confront the men who had his belongings in a Palace Station hotel room.

Simpson also claims that Galanter never told him about a plea deal that the prosecution was offering.

A lot of people were already looking forward to hearing Galanter tell his side of the story Friday. The attorneys are meeting early Friday morning in the judge's chambers.

Denise Wong

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Denise Wong is a general assignment reporter for Action News. Catch her live reports on Good Morning Las Vegas.