Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Murder Trial of O.J. Simpson

A Recording, a Suspect and a Debt Overdue

An audio recording surfaced on September 17, 2007 on which a man identified as O.J. Simpson can be heard screaming obscenities at an unidentified person believed to be Alfred Beardsley or Bruce L. Fromong. In the recording he yelled, "Don't let nobody out of here," and "You think you can steal my s—- and sell it?" The recording was made by Thomas Riccio, an auctioneer of sports memorabilia, who initially alerted O.J. of the sports collectables taken from the hotel room at Las Vegas' Palace Station Hotel and Casino. Mr. Riccio sold the recordings for an undisclosed amount, which has been made available on their website. Walter Alexander, 46, one of the accused currently out on bail told ABC News that he believes they were setup by Riccio. Beardsley also blamed Riccio for getting O.J. "pumped up" and said that he would be "very upset" if he is not charged in the incident, the Associated Press reported.

Kim Goldman
Kim Goldman

That same day, another of the accused men in the case, Clarence Stewart, 53, surrendered to police. Stewart turned over some of the items taken from the hotel room, including autographed footballs. He has been charged on six felony charges, including two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one conspiracy to commit burglary and a count of burglary with a weapon. He is being held at Clark County Detention Center, where O.J. is also detained. The remaining two suspects are expected to surrender to the police within the week.

In the meantime, the Goldman family is in the process of filing for a court order to obtain ownership of the seized sports memorabilia that are still being recovered. If turned over, the family plans to sell the items and divide the proceeds between Ron Goldman's and Nicole Brown's estate. The Goldman and Brown families have yet to receive the full $33.5 million awarded to them in the 1997 wrongful-death suit.

On September 19th, Simpson is scheduled to appear before Judge Ann E. Zimmerman at Clark County Justice Court for his arraignment hearing. His lawyer, Yale Galanter, is seeking to have him released on his own recognizance. The Associated Press quoted Galanter who said, "If it was anyone other than O.J. Simpson, he would have been released by now."

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