The onetime football hero OJ Simpson has been ordered to stand trial in what Las Vegas prosecutors say is the armed robbery attempt of his own memorabilia from a pair of collectors.
The 60-year-old Simpson was ordered by Las Vegas Judge Joe Bonaventure to stand trial with two other men on 12 charges, including kidnapping and armed robbery. The September 13 botched robbery incident took place at the Palace Station and Casino. The trial will begin on November 28 and will include, along with Simpson, Clarence Stewart and Charles Ehrlich. Rumors are asserting that date will certainly be pushed back for many months, if not a year. Whether it will become the same media juggernaut as his 1995 double-murder trial remains to be seen.
The UK Guardian says defense attorneys are trying to have the case dismissed based on lack of credible witnesses. Even Bonaventure agreed the witnesses had credibility issues.
“The ultimate determination of the credibility of the witnesses should be left to a jury. For this reason the defense arguments are not convincing, “ says the judge.
While Simpson, Stewart, and Ehrlich stood before the judge he spoke directly to them. “ Based on my findings together you are ordered bound over and held to answer. “
Prosecutors determined the former Heisman Trophy winner led five men at gunpoint to take back sports memorabilia from Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley. If convicted on all counts, the defendants face life in prison, although experts assert they could face considerably less time.
In June of 1994, Simpson, the athlete-turned-actor, was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. While that trial held the world riveted, it was the civil suit won by Goldman’s family that has devastated Simpson. He has been ordered to pay the family over $33 million in damages, very little of which has been paid.