OJ Simpson facing new charges

New charges were laid against troubled former sports star OJ Simpson today in the wake of two co-defendants agreeing to give evidence against him.

New charges were laid against troubled former sports star OJ Simpson today in the wake of two co-defendants agreeing to give evidence against him.

Simpson, 60, already faced charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon over an incident in a Las Vegas hotel in which he is accused of forcibly trying to retrieve sports memorabilia from two dealers.

He is now also accused of conspiring with the other defendants in a lie that no guns were used.

Simpson, Clarence Stewart, Michael McClinton and Charles Ehrlich face a total of 12 charges.

The new charges were not laid against Walter Alexander and Charles Cashmore, who pleaded guilty to lesser offences in a deal and are due to testify against the others at a preliminary hearing next month.

Simpson has said no guns were brought to the room and he did not tell anyone to bring guns.

The revised series of charges outline two theories of kidnapping: one in which Simpson, Stewart, McClinton and Ehrlich are accused of using trickery to lure the dealers to a hotel room for an armed robbery, and one in which they brought and displayed guns to prevent the men from leaving.

Cashmore and Alexander are expected to be key witnesses for the prosecution at the preliminary hearing.

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