LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson's fate is in the hands of nine women and three men in a Nevada court. Thirteen years to the day after he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife and her friend, a Clark County jury was to begin deliberating Friday whether the 61-year-old former football star and golfing buddy Clarence "C.J." Stewart are guilty of the armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers.
Each faces five years to life in prison if convicted of kidnapping, or mandatory prison time if convicted of armed robbery.
On Thursday, prosecutors told the jury that Simpson planned — and Stewart helped carry out — a plan to retrieve personal items that Simpson lost after squirreling them away after his Oct. 3, 1995, acquittal in Los Angeles of slaying Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
Prosecutor Chris Owens said Simpson brought a gang of men together to the Palace Station on Sept. 13, 2007, to retrieve items he lost while trying to hide it from the family of Ronald Goldman and the California court that levied a $33.5 million civil wrongful death judgment against Simpson.
Owens told told the jury to convict Simpson, denouncing him for "arrogance" of thinking he could commit a crime "against the dignity and the peace of the state of Nevada."
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