Simpson released from jail on $125,000 bail

September 20, 2007|By Ashley Powers and Michael Muskal | Ashley Powers and Michael Muskal,LOS ANGELES TIMES

LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson, who had spent three days in jail, was released from jail yesterday after posting $125,000 bail.

A Nevada judge set bail yesterday for the former football star on charges stemming from Simpson's confrontation last week with collectors of sports memorabilia. The defense and prosecution agreed to the bail amount, which was confirmed at a brief hearing before Justice Court Judge Joseph Bonaventure.

Simpson, who was released in the early afternoon, had been held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center. He is to return to his Florida home, his lawyer, Yale Galanter, said during a televised news conference.

Before Simpson's release, Galanter praised the prosecution for its professionalism.

"They want to get him out as soon as possible," he said, noting the media hoopla.

Simpson did not talk to the media.

Simpson, 60, and three other men have been charged with 10 felony counts, including kidnapping and robbery with a deadly weapon, in an incident last Thursday in a Las Vegas hotel room.

A collector said a group of armed men charged into his room at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino and took at least $80,000 worth of items that Simpson claimed belonged to him.

If convicted, Simpson could get a life sentence.

Ashley Powers and Michael Muskal write for the Los Angeles Times.

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