LAS VEGAS (AP) – A co-defendant in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery case told a judge Monday he would plead guilty to a felony and testify against Simpson and four others in the hotel room theft of sports collectibles from two memorabilia dealers.
The plea agreement with Charles Cashmore, a 40-year-old Billings, Mont., native, ups the ante in the prosecution of Simpson. Cashmore can testify that guns were involved in the Sept. 13 confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel room, his lawyer said.
Simpson and his lawyers have denied guns were in the room.
“In District Court, he’ll be pleading guilty to accessory to robbery,” Clark County District Attorney David Roger told the judge. “He’s agreed to provide truthful testimony.”
Procedurally, Cashmore waived his preliminary hearing. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure Jr., set arraignment for Oct. 23.
Simpson and the others, Walter Alexander, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, Michael McClinton, and Charles Ehrlich, are due in court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 8 and 9. Bonaventure will decide then whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial in state court.
Cashmore, a 1985 graduate of Billings West High School, had lived in Las Vegas off and on for the past 15 years, according to his father, Billings attorney Charles Cashmore Sr.
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