Former buddy testifies that Simpson said bring ‘heat’
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.