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OJ Simpson faces Las Vegas trial
OJ Simpson in court, September 07
Mr Simpson says he was retrieving stolen goods
Former American football star OJ Simpson will be tried on kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges arising from an incident at a Las Vegas hotel.

A judge ruled that Mr Simpson and two others will face court over an alleged armed robbery of Simpson's own memorabilia in September.

If convicted, the defendants could face life in prison.

In 1995 Mr Simpson was cleared of murdering his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

"This is what we expected," Mr Simpson said in an interview after the judge made his decision.

"If I have any disappointment it's that I wish a jury was here. As always, I rely on the jury system."

No guns involved?

Prosecutors say Mr Simpson and five accomplices attempted to steal items at gunpoint from sports memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley.

Three of the men initially charged have now agreed to plead guilty and testify for the prosecution against Mr Simpson and the two other alleged accomplices.

Mr Simpson's legal team said he was trying to retrieve stolen memorabilia that belonged to him, and denied any guns were involved.

His lawyer, Yale Galanter, said his client was innocent and would not negotiate a plea bargain to settle the case before trial.

"I do not believe that Mr Simpson committed any crimes. Mr Simpson does not believe he committed any crimes," said Mr Galanter.

"So unless the DA's [District Attorney's] office is willing to give us an outright dismissal the case will go to trial."

The former star gained international notoriety in 1995 when he was tried and acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Although Mr Simpson was cleared of murder in a criminal court in 1995, he was later found liable for the deaths at a civil trial and ordered to pay $33.5m (17m) in damages - money that has never been collected.



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OJ Simpson at the court hearing



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