LAS VEGAS (AP) -- LAS VEGAS (AP) -- O.J. Simpson began testifying Wednesday in his bid for a new trial in the Las Vegas armed robbery and kidnap case that put one of America's most famous prisoners behind bars more than four years ago. His current sentence could keep him behind bars until he dies.
The 65-year-old former U.S. football star riveted the country when he was acquitted in a 1995 "trial of the century" over the stabbing deaths of his ex-wife and her friend.
The focus Wednesday is on his unrelated trial over a 2007 hotel room confrontation at gunpoint with two sports memorabilia dealers who had Simpson footballs and family photos.
When he went to trial in 2008, Simpson did not testify -- a decision that one of his lawyers said was pushed upon him by another attorney he trusted so completely that he took his bad advice.
"He's been wanting to tell his story. He's excited about telling his story," said Simpson attorney Ozzie Fumo.
Simpson is serving nine to 33 years in prison for his conviction on armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges. Simpson has said, and is likely to repeat, that he never saw any guns.
This is Simpson's last chance under state law to prove that he was wrongly convicted. A federal court appeal is still possible. There is no jury in this hearing, and his fate will be determined by Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell.
Simpson's lawyers say their client's former confidence in his old friend, Yale Galanter, was born of the acquittal Galanter gained for Simpson in a road rage case in Florida, five years after his 1995 acquittal on murder charges in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
Galanter is now the focus of Simpson's motion claiming ineffective assistance of counsel and conflict of interest. He has declined to comment until he takes the stand Friday.
Simpson has aged rapidly, and his changed appearance -- heavy, graying and shuffling under the weight of shackles -- has shocked friends and relatives.
During the trial, two co-defendants who took plea deals said they had guns. Simpson, however, was adamant Wednesday that he never asked anyone to bring weapons.
"There was no talk of guns at all," he said.
Simpson told his attorney he believed he was allowed to take the items the dealers had.
" Some of the stuff I didn't really realize was gone. These were things I hadn't seen in 10 years," he said. "You know, you get a little emotional about it."
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