O. J. Simpson in jail
Shirley Hawkins | 1/16/2009, 5 p.m.
Former NFL star O. J. Simpson was taken into custody Friday in Florida after allegedly violating terms of his bail in an armed robbery that occurred in Las Vegas on Sept. 28.
Simpson, 60, who is facing multiple felonies in the case, is scheduled to spend several days in the Clark County jail in Las Vegas.
The bail bond company, You Ring We Spring in North Las Vegas, declined to comment on Simpson's most recent legal woes.
Despite instructions from Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure warning Simpson not to have any contact with anyone involved in the case, Simpson left an angry voice message on his bail bondsman's voice mail in November asking him to contact co-defendant Clarence J. Stewart Jr.
Simpson expressed his frustration about testimony at the hearing in which Simpson, Stewart and a third man were ordered to stand trial.
"I just want ...want C. J. to know that...I'm tired of this (expletive) fed up with (expletive) changing what they told me. All right?"
Simpson was freed Sept. 19 on $125,000 bail after his Sept. 16 arrest on charges that he and several friends burst into a room at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino and robbed two memorabilia dealers at gunpoint.
The former football star was attempting to retrieve sports collectibles he claims were taken from is trophy room and his mother's storage locker.
Simpson claims that he did not know that his accomplices had a gun, but when they arrived at room 1203 at the Palace Station Hotel, co-defendant Michael Clinton said Simpson yelled, "Don't let anybody out of the room" before Simpson and his accomplices filled pillowcases and boxes with memorabilia and left the room.
Simpson has maintained that he had no knowledge that his accomplices were carrying guns, although two-defendants in the case, Walter Alexander and Michael McClinton, said Simpson had told them to "get some heat" before the robbery.
The two men, along with Charles Cashmore, have pleaded guilty to reduced charges in exchange for their testimony.
The former gridiron great, along with Clarence J. Stewart and Charles B. Ehrlich will stand trial on 12 charges, including kidnapping and armed robbery. All three men pleaded not guilty on Nov. 28.