For­mer buddy tes­ti­fies that Simp­son said bring ‘heat’

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

LAS VE­GAS— One of the men who ac­com­pa­nied O.J. Simp­son to a ho­tel-room con­fronta­tion with two sports mem­o­ra­bilia deal­ers tes­ti­fied Tues­day that the for­mer foot­ball star wanted them to bring “heat” to show they meant busi­ness.

Simp­son, his golf­ing buddy, Wal­ter Alexan­der, and Charles “Spencer” McClin­ton met up be­fore at­tend­ing a mu­tual friend’s wed­ding Sept. 13, Alexan­der tes­ti­fied. Simp­son asked Alexan­der if he would ac­com­pany him to the Palace Sta­tion Ho­tel-Casino, where he was to meet the mem­o­ra­bilia deal­ers, Alexan­der said.

“Af­ter he asked me if I could watch his back, he leaned for­ward and it was kind of like, ‘Hey, do you think you can get some heat?’” said Alexan­der, who ac­cepted a plea deal to tes­tify against Simp­son. “’Just in case things go wrong, can you bring some heat?’”

The tes­ti­mony came on the third day of a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing in the al­leged armed rob­bery case. Jus­tice of the Peace Joe M. Bon­aven­ture will de­cide af­ter the hear­ing whether there is enough ev­i­dence for Simp­son and two other men to stand trial.

Simp­son, 60, has main­tained in in­ter­views and through his lawyers that he never saw any guns or asked any­one to bring them to the ho­tel room. Wear­ing dark glasses and a dark suit with a white shirt and white hand­ker­chief in the breast pocket, he some­times smiled but fre­quently shook his head as Alexan­der tes­ti­fied.

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