After 13 hours of deliberation on Friday, a Clark County, Nev. jury found O.J. Simpson guilty on all 12 counts in his robbery and kidnapping trial. Simpson's co-defendant, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, was also found guilty on all 12 counts. Simpson, who faces a five-years-to-life sentence for the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a casino hotel room last year, was remanded into custody without bail immediately following the verdicts. He bowed his head when the verdict was read, and several in the room were heard weeping. Sentencing will be on Dec. 5.
The 61-year-old former football star and a golfing buddy, 54-year-old Clarence "C.J." Stewart, were tried on 12 criminal charges in the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a casino hotel room last year. Deliberations began 13 years to the day after Simpson was acquitted of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in Los Angeles. The Clark County jury heard 12 days of testimony, capped by prosecutors' arguments Thursday that the Las Vegas case had its roots in the 1994 slayings. Prosecutor Chris Owens said Simpson planned — and Stewart helped carry out — a plot to retrieve personal items that Simpson lost after squirreling them away to avoid turning them over to Goldman's family to satisfy part of a $33.5 million civil wrongful death judgment levied in 1997 by a California court. Owens told the jury to convict Simpson, denouncing him for "arrogance'' of thinking he could commit a crime "against the dignity and the peace of the state of Nevada.'' "The kind of arrogance ... that would make them think they could come in and get away with this kind of crime and that nobody would report it and they thought they could spin it that, 'It's all OK; It was my stuff.'''