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SATURDAY, JAN. 12, 2008

O.J. jailed in Las Vegas on bail charge

LAS VEGAS – O.J. Simpson returned to jail Friday, where he will spend several days before a judge hears allegations that he violated terms of his bail in an armed robbery case here, officials said.

Simpson, 60, arrived in Las Vegas on a commercial flight from Florida with his bail bondsman, Miguel Pereira. He was taken in handcuffs by a police escort to the Clark County Detention Center, where both he and Pareira ignored questions from reporters.

Police said Simpson would be kept isolated from the other 3,300 inmates until a court hearing Wednesday, when Clark County District Attorney David Roger plans to request that Simpson’s bail be revoked and he be kept in jail until trial.

The prosecutor says that in a November voice message, Simpson told Pereira to contact co-defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart and express frustration about testimony given at the hearing where Simpson, Stewart and a third man were ordered to stand trial.

“I just want, want C.J. to know that … I’m tired of this (expletive),” Simpson is quoted as saying in a transcript that was included in Roger’s motion to revoke bail, filed Friday. “Fed up with (expletive) changing what they told me. All right?”

Simpson had been instructed by Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure in September not to have any contact with anyone involved in the case – not even by “carrier pigeon.”

Simpson’s lawyer denied the allegations.

“O.J. did not try to persuade anybody to contact a witness,” Yale Galanter said.

Simpson was freed Sept. 19 on $125,000 bail following his arrest on allegations he and several friends burst into a Las Vegas hotel room and robbed two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint.

His bond was revoked Friday by his bail bond company, said Officer Ramon Denby, a Las Vegas police spokesman.

Simpson has maintained that he was retrieving items that belonged to him. He and the two other men are scheduled to stand trial April 7.


 

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