September 19th, 2008
11:24 AM ET

O.J. Trial: Jurors get tour of Hotel room

Editor’s Note:
O.J. Simpson is on trial for robbery and kidnapping charges nearly a year after police arrested him in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prosecutors say Simpson and five other men stormed into a Las Vegas hotel room last September 13 to recover sports memorabilia that Simpson said belonged to him. They say at least two men with Simpson had guns as they robbed two sports memorabilia dealers. The following dispatches come from our Paul Vercammen covering the trial.

Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

8:50a PT

O.J. Simpson has arrived at the Clark County Regional Justice center almost an hour later than usual due to a jury tour of the Palace Station Hotel.

8:40a PT

A photo of a Palace Station hotel room where O.J. Simpson allegedly commited felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy related to a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers


Sommermeyer reports the tour was arranged in a Thursday night deal with the Palace station Hotel.
"The lawyers are stayed outside the hotel while the jurors looked over the room."

Sommermeyer said the jury was at one point going to tour a replica of the alleged crime scene built in the basement of the courthouse.

But according to the court, Judge Jackie Glass was "unimpressed with the replica room constructed by the district attorney.".

The court spokesman adds Glass reversed an earlier view that the jury should not go off site to see the hotel room and the tour was worked out.

8:31a PT
Court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer told CNN the Simpson panel of nine women and three men just finished looking at room 1203 in the Palace Station Hotel and Casino.

"The jury was led in by marshals and looked around the room," Sommermeyer added.

"Some of them reached up at put their hand on top of an armoire."

Key prosecution witness Tom Riccio says he hid a tape recorder on top of the hotel room armoir and recorded the alleged robbery.

Simpson and five other men allegedly stormed into that room September 13 of last year.

8:12a PT
The jury in the O.J. Simpson trial is touring the Palace Station Hotel room where the alleged armed robbery and kidnapping took place, according to Clark County Court sources.

8:04a PT   

Tom Riccio, the chatterbox wheeler dealer who set up the Simpson meeting to "get his stuff back," arrived just before 8 a.m.





Riccio will retake the witness stand today and more of his secretly recorded tapes before and during the alleged armed robbery will be played.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Dee

    Seeing the room, it appears this is a king-sized bed. With the two victims on the far side of the bed, it seems possible that three of the men could have easily been at the foot of the bed, three along the right side of the bed and one in the bathroom? I can't imagine O.J. hanging back for long and probably was right where he could see, and be seen. Were the jurors allowed to talk to each other in the room or on way back? I would think not, but seems it was fair to let them see the actual locale. If guns were there and he was aware of it, then deal with the law and get on with it. Can he be prosecuted for hiding assets?

    September 19, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  2. suzan

    aloha- good this jury and the lawyers and the district attorney and the judge all went today 9/19 to the palace station hotel room 1203 and see for themselves what did really happending in that room 1 year ago.2- o.j. is not gulity at all from the first tril and he is still not gulity at all from this 3rd trial at all.3- the friends that is testifing against o.j. and stewart in this trial are bunch of golddiggers friends that o.j. had ever met in his life. that to me all these men that made friends w/ o.j. for this long do deserve to be in jail thelselves for a very long time to come.3- as for bruce foromong he is a white lyer that he does not have proff to show to this judge and this jury and to this districat attorney that he does own o.j. sports stuff.4- as for the golfman family they too do not have any proff at all to show that they can take o.j. things that do not belong to them at all for the past 14 years. as for judge jackie glass herself she is like judge judy way to go judge glass you got the right stuff women.

    September 19, 2008 at 8:39 pm |
  3. bmore

    OKAY.........i'm not going to debate whether O.J was guilty back in 1995 but, this whole case is a joke. How is this such a conspiracy to commit these trumped up charges and the man Riccio who "set" the whole thing up is not even charged with anything. Furthermore why is there no testimony about C.J Stewart and his role in this but he sits there with his life on the line. Guaranteed when the clowns who pleaded guilty to these bogus charges testify the only thing they will be saying is O.J did and said to do this, that and the third. I believe justice will prevail in this case and the ones who pleaded guilty already, will be the only idiots in JAIL because they made a deal with the devil (District Attorney)

    September 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm |