O.J. And Two Co-Defendants Due In Court Las Vegas Today

O.J. Simpson, center, is flanked by his lawyers Gabriel Grasso, left, and Yale Galanter during Simpson's preliminary hearing in Las Vegas, in this file photo made on Wedneday, Nov. 14, 2007 

O.J. Simpson and two alleged co-conspirators will appear in a Nevada state court in Las Vegas today.  The former NFL star and his co-defendants face a dozen felony counts that could land them in prison for life if they’re convicted.  The trio allegedly barged into a Las Vegas hotel room in September and took, at gunpoint, sports memorabilia Simpson claimed was his.  Three other suspects in the case, Walter Alexander, Michael McClinton and Charles Cashmore, have turned state’s evidence, accepted plea bargains and will testify for the prosecution. 

Charged along with Simpson are Clarence Stewart and Charles Ehrlich.  Simpson’s attorneys are expected to argue that Simpson be tried separately from Stewart and Ehrlich.  The purpose of today’s hearing is to accept pleas from the trio and to set a trial date.  Simpson is no stranger to the legal system.  In 1995, he was acquitted of the stabbing and slashing murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman.

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