Coercion Counts Added Against Simpson And Co-Defendants

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Nevada prosecutors have filed additional charges against O.J. Simpson and three other men in connection with last month’s alleged armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel.  The new criminal complaint adds a count of coercion with use of a deadly weapon against the 60-year-old Simpson.  Three other men, Clarence Stewart, Michael McClinton and Charles Ehrlich, face two counts each of coercion with a deadly weapon.  Prosecutors allege the four men kept a sports memorabilia collector from calling 911 by stealing his cell phone.  The four are also accused of using threats to take the other collector’s baseball cap and sunglasses. 

Simpson and the three men now face a total of 12 felony counts each.  They are accused of storming a room at the Palace Station hotel and taking thousands of dollars worth of items from the two collectors on September 13th.  Simpson claimed the sports memorabilia was his, and was simply trying to get the items back.  The four men face a preliminary hearing on November 8th and 9th. 

The new counts come one day after two other men entered pleas to reduced charges in the case.  Forty-year-old Charles Cashmore and 46-year-old Walter Alexander waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Tuesday and agreed to testify against the other suspects.  Prosecutors have dropped kidnapping, armed robbery and assault charges against the pair.  Cashmore and Alexander will face a status check in April.  Neither will be sentenced until the entire case is resolved. 

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