O.J. Simpson has been ordered to stand trial for an alleged armed robbery in Las Vegas. Judge Joe Bonaventure ordered Simpson and his co-conspirators to go to trial for allegedly bursting into a Vegas hotel room and taking sports memorabilia at gunpoint. Simpson told police the items belong to him, were stolen from him and he was trying to get them back. In his ruling, the judge rejected most of the defense arguments there is too little evidence to support the charges.
Bonaventure also said some of the defense contentions were, quote, “without merit.” He ruled there is sufficient evidence to try Simpson and two others on a dozen counts. They include conspiracy, armed robbery, armed burglary, armed kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. The suspects had previously pled not guilty. Three other men involved in the heist accepted plea deals and testified for the prosecution at a nearly four-day preliminary hearing. A felony arraignment hearing is scheduled November 28th, with the trial expected next February.