O.J.’s ‘sting’ detailed by memorabilia dealer


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre During an aggressive cross-examination, Simpson attorney Gabriel Grasso sought to show that Fromong was less traumatized than excited about the chance at a big payday at the expense of Simpson. Fromong acknowledged that he has gone to the online auction site eBay in an effort to peddle items he has dubbed as “identical to the items O.J. stole from me!” He also said that when he suffered a heart attack days after the incident, he called a TV show from his hospital bed but said he just wanted to make sure he wasn’t lumped together with “unsavory characters” in the case. He also confirmed that he has discussed the idea of a book with various people. Fromong, who testified he has known Simpson since the early 1990s, said the confrontation lasted no more than five or six minutes and ended with the group stuffing hundreds of items into pillowcases and leaving the Palace Station hotel-casino. LAS VEGAS – A memorabilia dealer accusing O.J. Simpson of robbing him testified Thursday that the former football star burst into a hotel room with a handful of other men, including one wielding a gun, and carried off hundreds of collector’s items. Bruce Fromong, one of two dealers allegedly robbed, said he had expected to meet with an anonymous buyer on Sept. 13, when Simpson arrived with others “in a military invasion fashion” and shouted that the items belonged to him. “O.J. was screaming, `This is all my s—. This all belongs to me. You stole this from me. Let’s pack up. Let’s get out of here,”‘ Fromong said. Simpson, 60, and two co-defendants are charged with robbery, kidnapping and other offenses. Thursday’s hearing was to determine whether there is enough evidence to take them to trial. Throughout the confrontation, Fromong said, one man pointed a gun at his face and told him at one point: “I’ll shoot your a–.” Fellow memorabilia dealer Alfred Beardsley, who has been in custody in California on a parole violation, has been transferred to a Las Vegas jail and is expected to testify, defense lawyers said. In Simpson’s mind, according to a close friend, the Las Vegas charges are rooted in the former football star being acquitted in the 1994 slayings of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. “He believes he’s being tried for that now,” said Tom Scotto, 45, a North Miami Beach, Fla., auto body shop owner. Simpson has maintained that he wanted to retrieve items he knew had been stolen from him. Simpson and co-defendants Clarence “C.J.” Stewart and Charles Ehrlich face 12 charges, including kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and coercion. A kidnapping conviction could result in a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. An armed robbery conviction could mean mandatory prison time.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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