O.J. Case 'Set Up' Man to Return to Witness Stand

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A second week of testimony begins today in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping trial in Las Vegas.

On the stand will be collectibles broker and meeting middleman Thomas Riccio (REE'-shee-oh).

Riccio testified last week that he set up and recorded the ill-fated meeting between Simpson and two memorabilia peddlers in a Las Vegas casino hotel room a year ago.

Riccio says Simpson's plan to recover personal belongings allegedly stolen by Simpson's former agent went awry when one of five men who barged into the room with Simpson pulled out a gun and began barking orders like a police officer.

Trial is scheduled to continue for up to four more weeks for Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart.

They've pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy in the Sept. 13, 2007, confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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