September 24th, 2008
02:28 PM ET

"Don't say any guns were involved and this S@#* will blow over."

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.


[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/24/art.walteroj.jpg caption= "Walter Alexander testifies during O.J. Simpson's trial in Las Vegas."]
Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

Walter Alexander told a Las Vegas jury that O.J. Simpson told him to bring a gun to a sting to recover sports memorabilia.

Alexander, one of four former co-defendants who made a plea deal, also said Simpson tried to cover up the use of weapons after the alleged armed robbery and kidnapping.

Alexander testified that Simpson said, "Don't say any guns were involved and this S@#* will blow over."

Alexander seemed embittered and Simpson repeatedly shook his head no and raised his eyebrows in seeming disbelief while listening.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. john

    Alexander said on direct he put the box in the back of mcclintock car than on cross in stewarts suv also like the jury says what idot doesent check the gun for bullets he not even a good liar

    September 24, 2008 at 8:19 pm |
  2. DSM

    Everyone gets a sweetheart deal to testify against Simpson and the State hopes for "delayed justice" for the murders of Brown and Goldman. Questionable witnesses for the State with even more questionable deals made for their testimony makes the trial appear staged. Only the ethical and legal views of the jurors should decide this case, not the moral views of the public.

    September 24, 2008 at 7:58 pm |
  3. mark

    In this case, one has to close their eyes, lose the face of the Defendant, forget entirely the past of the Defendant (Simpson), even picture him as a white man perhaps...

    The evidence coming from the Crown's witnesses is pretty shaky in my view – the witnesses are sorely lacking in character, are self-promoting, and saving their own hides; the evidence that Simpson knew that someone was going to bring a gun is tenuous at best, the whole scene shows evidence of lack of planning, it can be construed as someone simply confronting someone to retrieve their own property.

    I doubt the Crown has reasonable doubt here folks, Simpson or not.

    September 24, 2008 at 7:43 pm |
  4. mattb

    This time he cannot stop taking the meds.....so his hands would swell up and not fit into the gloves. The recording is enough....

    September 24, 2008 at 7:34 pm |
  5. Clarence

    Sounds like they were well compensated for their part in the set up of O.J. Yeah he was stupid to be there granted; but this was a set up plain and simple. You'd have to be a moron to believe some of the prosecution witness testimony.

    September 24, 2008 at 7:30 pm |
  6. d

    I agree with Scott....OJ looks on with a doe-eyed innocence of ...*who me*...remember he ' was' an actor at one time and these pathetic looks are just acting...watch his body language

    September 24, 2008 at 7:16 pm |
  7. Jeff Martinez

    FYI the plea dealers who have criminal backgrounds shouldn't effect the prosecution in a negative way. Why? Because the prosecution didn't choose them as witnesses, OJ did... remember that... so practically all the witnesses in OJs case have some sort of criminal background. That really should effect OJs credibility because he associated himself with these people. BEFORE THE INCIDENT!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  8. aida

    Simpson knows that this Alexander is telling the truth. His movements are too familiar. He is so confident that he will be free once again, that he took a chance with the trial. He has no respect for the law of anyone, but lawyers and judges are still on his side. Who knows why.

    September 24, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  9. Cynthia

    I completely agree with what Scott said, minus OJ's actual name. 😉 He is GUILTY, AGAIN. We cannot take the chance of letting him off again so he can continue with his lavish life playing golf etc. and let him think he is above the law! NO MORE! He is an arrogant, lying, murderer who needs to be put in prison once and for all!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  10. Cleveland

    I think he should have tried to legally get his belongings back just like the rest of us with the law, he could have spent his extra money to bring them to justice, believe it or not the justice system works, dont it?

    September 24, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  11. J Williamson

    Poor misunderstood O.J. – look up the word "loser" and you find a picture of Simpson staring back at you with that silly and "clueless" grin.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  12. Helen

    Yup, Scott, you're right. He does shake his head. Let's hope he gets some kind of time aout of this. He has had his freedom, wayyyyyyyyyyy too long!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  13. kb

    To Scott Sykes:
    Your observation of Mr. Simpson's antics are right on the money, as is
    his constant mumbling to himself. He just cannot shut-up.
    The jury won't buy into his antics.

    By the way, did you notice how when Mr. Alexander was walking out of the court room Simpson turned to look back at him?

    Except for Mr. Riccio, I do not think any of the people involved in the robbery will ever have anything to do with Simpson again.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  14. Laura K

    The least he should get is burglary and robbery. I mean it's already obvious he went in there to steal his stuff back. "guilty as charged" what a moron. Fry the bastard.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  15. sb

    If the jury thinks like you Scott they probably won't thank god your not on there...

    September 24, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  16. Keith

    Thought his name was Orenthal James Simpson, guess I don't know everything.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  17. Scott Sykes

    James Orenthal Simpson always shakes his head no with looks of disbelief when he's guilty. That's his tactic. Hopefully this jury won't buy it.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  18. Keith

    Should be interesting to hear the backgrounds on the plea dealers and who provided the guns.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |