LAS VEGAS (AP) One of the alleged victims in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping trial testified Thursday that he didn't want to be on the witness stand as he provided key evidence undermining the prosecution case.
Memorabilia peddler and convicted felon Alfred Beardsley testified that he and Simpson were "set up" by Thomas Riccio, the collectibles broker who arranged their meeting in a casino hotel room, and that "chunks" of dialogue were missing from secret recordings Riccio made of the confrontation.
"I do not want to be here," Beardsley said. "I've made that clear for the past year."
Clark County District Attorney David Roger later told reporters he plans to rest his case Friday after the testimony of central witness Michael McClinton, who has said he brought guns at Simpson's request and wielded one during the confrontation.
Simpson's lawyers said their case would begin Monday. They have not said whether Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart will testify, but with testimony from witnesses for Simpson expected to wrap up quickly, the case could go to the jury by the end of next week.