Former DA Roger takes stand in OJ hearing - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Former DA Roger takes stand in OJ hearing

A graying O.J. Simpson jots down notes during the first day of his bid for a retrial in his 2008 conviction. (May 13, 2013/FOX5) A graying O.J. Simpson jots down notes during the first day of his bid for a retrial in his 2008 conviction. (May 13, 2013/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

O.J. Simpson is back in a Las Vegas courtroom as his quest for a new trial continues.

On Tuesday, the judge heard from David Roger, the former Clark County district attorney who prosecuted Simpson's armed robbery trial.

Simpson sat quietly in the courtroom, listening intently as the latest round of witnesses took turns on the stand.

Simpson was again wearing his blue prison outfit, but this time the judge allowed one of his hands to be unshackled.

Gabriel Grasso, one of the attorneys who defended Simpson in 2008, continued his testimony on Tuesday, decrying the audio tape evidence used in that trial.

Grasso told the courtroom that at the time he went along with lead attorney Yale Galanter, because that's what Simpson wanted.

"He didn't think Mr. Galanter was trying to do anything wrong, or I don't think O.J. had the kind of feelings that he was being given bad advice. If Galanter said this is the way it should be, O.J. deferred to that," Grasso said.

Earlier in his testimony, Grasso said he wanted Simpson to testify, but that Galanter advised against it.

Simpson is serving between nine and 33 years in prison and is requesting a new trial because he feels he was misrepresented.

The man who prosecuted Simpson in 2008 found himself explaining what kind of deal was offered to Simpson in exchange for a plea.

"I wouldn't call them negotiations. We had a brief discussion up in my office," Roger said.

Roger said there were two conversations, and during the trial he asked Galanter if Simpson would be willing to accept 30 months. Roger said Galanter made a counter-offer, which he declined.

"Mr. Galanter came back and says he'll do no more than 12 months, so that indicated to me that he had a conversation with Mr. Simpson," Roger continued.

Simpson has claimed he was never aware of a plea deal and that Galanter told him it was OK to go to a Las Vegas hotel room to get his property.

Simpson is expected to take the stand on Wednesday.

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