September 29th, 2008
04:32 PM ET

Defense at O.J. trial unveils witness list

Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

The defense in the O.J. Simpson kidnapping and armed robbery trial tipped off which witnesses it may soon begin calling.

Simpson defense attorney Yale Galanter revealed in open court that four of his witnesses include Las Vegas police officers Rod Hunt and C. Tucker.

Hunt previously testified for the prosecution.

The Simpson defense team will also call Simpson's close friend Tom Scotto.

The Simpson lawyers have been implying some former co-defendants who made plea deals, tried to shake down Scotto for money in exchange for testimony favorable to the celebrity defendant.

Alfred Bearsley will once again leave the jail across from the courthouse to testify.

The collector of Simpson memorabilia was once labeled a victim in the alleged crimes, but has testified no crime was committed against him.

The Simpson team may call at least three other witnesses.

The lawyers for defendant Clarence C.J. Stewart say they plan to call five witnesses.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Kathie,Ontario. Canada

    Las Vegas District Attorney is putting two confessed armed
    gunmen back on the streets in Vegas., for their self serving, contradicting , false testimony. Doesn't that make
    you just want to jump on a plane and vacation in Vegas?

    September 30, 2008 at 7:13 am |
  2. Rudy

    There is no question in my mind that the prosecutor in this case is out to make a name for himself. Considering how most of the witnesses against OJ have made large sums of money and some have indicated they will continue to do so, it is hard to see how the defendant can get a fair trial. Liars and thieves have sold their souls for a mess of pottage and the prosecution has gobbled it up. This crime could have been prevented in the first place if aw enforcement had acted appropriately when Riccio reported that property had been stolen. If for no other reason, they should have investigated the claim that property was stolen. The property could have been seized pending an investigation into the claim that it was stolen. This is where the first mistake occurred. Further, how could one charge another for armed robbery if the person who initially made the report is now claiming that he was not the victim of a robbery. Finally, there is no solid evidence that guns were used at any time. Those who claimed to have had a gun or saw one got a deal. Others however have testified that they did not see a gun nor did they hear OJ say, put the gun down. Reasonable doubt in view of the fact that people will say anything to save their hides.

    September 29, 2008 at 9:31 pm |
  3. Richard L. Speights

    I have a question for anyone that may have the answer. When Ron & Nicole bodies were discovered, the police reported (before O.J. was arrest) that Ron put up a heck of a fight based on the condition of his fists being bruised and battered. There was also a set of keys covered with blood that was reported, that he used as a weapon. The blood on the keys didn't match any of the victims including O.J. When O.J. was arrested he was stripped down to his briefs and put on the front page of Time Magazine; but their was no bruised on his body, so we heard no more about the bloody keys or gallant fight that Ron put up before his death. DOES THIS MAKE ANYONE ELSE WONDER?

    September 29, 2008 at 9:10 pm |
  4. janice- Toronto

    Why are there kidnapping charges? As of today, nothing has been said about who was supposedly kidnapped, and closing arguments are expected Thursday.What is this all about?

    September 29, 2008 at 7:15 pm |
  5. Stephanie

    I do believe this was a set up by Riccio (the con man) in order to make money; the rest of the witnesses for the prosecution jumped on the bandwagon after the incident to make money off Simpson. Now the cops, prosecutors and Judge are awaiting their ticker tape parade for finally putting OJ behind bars. I hope the jury sees the fix has been in on this since day one.

    September 29, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  6. Jackie

    Do I believe that OJ is guilty of murder and should be rotting in prison for the rest of his natural life? YES!

    That said, he was acquitted of those murders and America has just got to get past that.

    This case is selective prosecution pure and simple. If the circumstances of this case had involved anyone but O.J. Simpson it would have had a disposition by plea bargain and he would be serving time, but certainly not facing life in prison.

    In my opinion the Prosecutors are trying to undo what most people believe was a miscarraige of justice all those years ago as do I, but this is not the case.

    September 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  7. kb

    It is apparent that the defence attorneys are trying to throw a lot of crap out to the jury and hope that something sticks.

    I am hopeful that the jury will see through the defense smoke and mirror charade.

    September 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  8. Kathie,Ontario. Canada

    Can someone explain to me why when Alfred Beardsley was
    a witness for the prosecution he was brought to court in
    street clothes?
    However, when called as a witness for the defense today,
    he was forced to come to court in jail attire and shackled.
    Obviously, the prosecution is trying to discredit him by
    this stunt , because he isn't saying what they want.
    I guess only confessed armed gunmen get fair treatment
    by the DA in Vegas.

    September 29, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  9. Eric

    So Alfred Bearsley says that he wants the charges dropped. So what?? If there is a crime there is a crime. Period.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm |