Amidst a press crush, O.J. Simpson was preparing to leave jail for his home in Miami, Florida after posting $125,000 in bail set by a Las Vegas judge following an arraignment. The former football star had been incarcerated on charges he had played a role in an alleged armed robbery of two sports memorabilia collectors last weekend in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Simpson, handcuffed and dressed in a blue jail uniform, listened as the charges in an 11-count indictment against him were read by justice of the Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure, the Associated Press reported. He also imposed restrictions. Simpson, in addition to putting up the bail money, was to surrender his passport to his attorney and not have any contact with his co-defendants or potential witnesses.
Simpson had been arrested Sunday morning and was in jail without bail until today’s arraignment. The criminal charges Simpson still faces include two counts of first-degree kidnapping using a deadly weapon; two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon; and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The kidnapping charges were levied on Tuesday. If convicted on all of them he might potentially face a jail term of up to 35 years.
Yale Galantier, Simpson’s attorney, expressed optimism that his client would be acquitted of all the charges. Galantier said his client would plead not guilty to the charges at a future arraignment hearing set for October 22.
These are the most serious allegations of wrong-doing leveled against Simpson since he was acquitted nearly 12 years ago by a Los Angeles jury on charges that he murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, a friend she was visiting
In the current case, Simpson has claimed that he was taking part in a “sting operation.”trying to retrieve sports items that he claimed belonged to him. One of the two sports memorabilia collectors, had called police claiming Simpson and a group of men, including one with a gun, had taken several items after a confrontation. His fellow collector, Bruce Fromong, continues to be hospitalized in critical condition from a heart attack he suffered following the incident.Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.