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September 24th, 2008
08:56 PM ET

Spinning tales of guns

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.

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Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

5:12PM PT

The 13th prosecution witness testified Wednesday afternoon in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping case and spun more tales of guns being present at the incident.

Charles Cashmore, one of four men to make a plea deal in the case, testified he saw two men in the Simpson entourage had guns during the sting at the Palace Station Hotel.

Cashmore will resume testifying tomorrow morning.

Next up on the stand is expected to be either Michael McClinton or imprisoned Alfred Bearsley.

McClinton, according to testimony, pointed a gun at the alleged victims' heads during the incident.

McClinton made a plea deal with the prosecution.

Bearsley is the Simpson collector who told police he was robbed by O.J. Simpson but now says he is not a victim.

Bearsley was thrown into a California prison on a parole violation.

September 24th, 2008
08:20 PM ET

Step away from me sir, you smell bad

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.

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Prosecution witness, Walter Alexander, says he "truly believes now" that he and O.J. Simpson were participating in a robbery.

Did he really ask him to back away? did he really say "because you smell?"

Check out the video below of Walter Alexander on the witness stand:


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • O.J. Simpson Trial • Paul Vercammen • T1
September 24th, 2008
07:13 PM ET

Alexander and Galanter knock heads

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.

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O.J. Simpson's attorney Yale Galanter speaks during Simpson's trial in Las Vegas, Wednesday.

O.J. Simpson's attorney Yale Galanter speaks during Simpson's trial in Las Vegas, Wednesday.

Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

3:30PM PT

O.J. Simpson's defense attorney unleashed a scorching cross examination of prosecution witness Walter Alexander, but was unable to delve into questions about possible unsavory business activity.

Simpson attorney Yale Galanter says Alexander made money as a pimp.

Judge Jackie Glass did not allow the Simpson defense to pursue the alleged pimp angle.

In a heated exchange, when Galanter was grilling him about previous testimony, Alexander told the Simpson lawyer to "back away from me."

Galanter tried to show the jury Alexander was once facing 11 criminal counts in the case, but has thus far spent just 12 hours in jail in exchange for his cooperation.

Earlier in the day, Alexander said Simpson tried to cover up that he and another former co-defendant in the armed robbery trial brought guns to the sports memorabilia sting.

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.

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Walter Alexander testifies during O.J. Simpson's trial in Las Vegas.

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.

September 24th, 2008
11:05 AM ET

O.J. Trial: Prosecution testimony denied

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.

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Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

8:48a PT
Judge Jackie Glass ruled a lawyer for the Goldman estate will not testify for the prosecution in the O.J. Simpson case. (Get background info on David Cook)

Glass called Goldman lawyer David Cook’s relevance "marginal."

Glass added the Cook's testimony's prejudice against Simpson would "outweigh the probative value" of having the lawyer testify.

Cook was waiting in a nearby witness room and grabbed his roller bag of legal documents after his dismissal and headed toward the elevator.

"The judge made a ruling and if you read between the lines, I think she thought my appearance would bring up the Ghost of Christmas Past," Cook told CNN.

"If I testified, I could be reading the Manhattan phone book, and it would roll in images of Ron Goldman, Nicole Brown and Fred Goldman."

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September 23rd, 2008
12:01 PM ET

O.J. Trial: Dunne back in court

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.

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Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

8:40a PT

Vanity Fair writer Dominick Dunne is all smiles and back in a Las Vegas Courtroom for the 0.J. Simpson armed robbery trial.

"I feel great so far," Dunne told CNN one day after he complained of pain and was taken to a local hospital for observation.

"I will have to go back to New York for a biopsy."
Dunne, who is 82 years old, is battling bladder cancer and says he will stay on the O.J. trial until the end of the week.

Dunne was accompanied in court Tuesday by his son, filmmaker Griffin Dunne.
"I never had so many emails and phone calls," Dunne said. "Larry King and others called. It was really touching."

Dunne plans to cover the closing arguments and reading of the verdict in the Las Vegas trial.

8:01a PT

O.J. Simpson arrived at the Las Vegas Regional Justice Center Tuesday where he will hear more from his friend Charles Erlich, who testified Monday.

Erlich said Simpson "was in denial" over two of his cohorts using guns during an alleged armed robbery last year at the Palace Station Hotel.

The defense will resume cross examining Erlich this morning.
Memorabilia dealer Alfred Beardsley is expected to take the witness stand soon.

September 22nd, 2008
08:59 PM ET

Witness: O.J. "was in denial" about guns

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.

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Charles Ehrlich testifies during O.J. Simpson's trial in Las Vegas, Monday.

Charles Ehrlich testifies during O.J. Simpson's trial in Las Vegas, Monday.

Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

5:29p PT

The first of four witnesses who made plea deals with the prosecution in the O.J. Simpson robbery and kidnapping case took the witness stand Monday afternoon.

The friend of Simpson was part of the entourage of men who entered the Palace Station Hotel in a sting to get sports memorabilia.

Erlich testified that he has said he heard Simpson say during the incident "put the guns away."

Erlich also said after the showdown in the room, "he (Simpson) was in denial" about guns being used.

Erlich will retake the stand for cross examination Tuesday morning.

September 22nd, 2008
02:01 PM ET

Dominick Dunne hospitalized: "I am in a lot of pain. Lot of pain"

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.

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Author Dominick Dunne observing the O.J. Simpson's trial in Las Vegas last week. Dunne was taken to Las Vegas hospital today after complaining of pain

Author Dominick Dunne observing the O.J. Simpson's trial in Las Vegas last week. Dunne was taken to Las Vegas hospital today after complaining of pain

Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

Vanity Fair writer Dominick Dunne was taken to Valley Hospital in Las Vegas shortly after complaining of pain.

Dunne was sitting in court listening to testimony in the O.J. Simpson kidnapping and armed robbery trial.

Just before 10 this morning Dunne grabbed me and said "I am in a lot of pain. Lot of pain," he then motioned toward an area below his belt.

"I want to go back to my hotel."

Dunne, who is battling bladder cancer, looked ashen as he gingerly left the courtroom.

Court marshals called paramedics and Dunne was taken to the hospital.

 

UPADTE:

“I’m okay, I am doing fine under the circumstances,” Dunne said from the hospital just before 11am PT.

“But this probably means that I will have to go back to New York in the next few days.” Dunne said against doctor’s orders, he flew to Las Vegas to cover the O.J. Simpson trial.

When testimony began last week Dunne told fellow journalists and writers it was great to be back working after his “difficult summer,” alluding to his bladder cancer.

September 22nd, 2008
11:31 AM ET

O.J. Trial: A game of "break the momentum"

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.

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Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

10:15 am PT
As the O.J. Defense team begins cross examining Tom Riccio, the lawyers continue what seems to be a game of "break the momentum."

Both sides have used objections and asked for bench conferences throught the trial. At times it feels like a basketball coach calling timeout to slow down the opponents.

The cross examination of Riccio has gotten extremely problematic as Judge Glass has repeatedly told the witness to just answer yes or no and not offer explan

8:05 am PT

O.J. Simpson arrived at the courthouse just before 8 this morning for what promises to be a day of heated cross examination by his defense team.
After the prosecution finishes questioning collectibles dealer Tom Riccio, Simpson's lawyers will grill the chatterbox witness about conflicts in testimony over the kidnapping and armed robbery charges.
Riccio helped set up the sting for Simpson to get back belongings and sports memorabilia.
Riccio also secretly recorded conversations before, during and after the deal that went sour in the Palace Station Hotel.

September 19th, 2008
07:09 PM ET

Simpson trial ends early Friday

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.

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Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

3:21PM PT

The O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping trial ended the week's testimony with more tape recordings from wheeler dealer Tom Riccio.

The final three recordings were of phone conversations between Riccio and Simpson after the incident.

Simpson could be heard repeatedly saying he did not know someone pulled a gun at the Palace Station Hotel room.

The jury also listened to Riccio's recording of the alleged "armed robbery."

The panel took notes, eight of them listening on head phones to voices in the hotel room including someone who sounded like Simpson screaming expletives, "you think you can steal my stuff?"

Court will resume Monday with Riccio on the stand.

Once the prosecution finishes it will be the defense attorneys to unleash what’s expected to be a blistering cross examination of Riccio.

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