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AP PHOTOS: OJ Simpson testifies in new trial bid

Thursday - 5/16/2013, 6:50am  ET

O.J. Simpson testifies in Clark County District Court, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Las Vegas. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine to 33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping charges, is using a writ of habeas corpus, to seek a new trial, claiming he had such bad representation that his conviction should be reversed. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jeff Scheid, Pool)

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- O.J. Simpson didn't testify at his infamous murder trial. And he declined a chance to testify when he was tried for a bungled attempt to retrieve personal items and memorabilia.

Now, after more than four years in prison, Simpson has taken the witness stand to explain why he deserves a new trial for the 2007 robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers. He spent about five hours on the stand Wednesday, answering questions from his new attorney and a prosecutor.

Dressed in a drab blue prison uniform, Simpson spoke clearly as he recounted events leading to the hotel room where dealers had the memorabilia. His voice cracked a bit as he recounted recognizing items on the bed, including framed photos that used to hang on the wall of his Los Angeles home.

The 65-year-old is serving a term of nine to 33 years in prison in the armed robbery-kidnapping case.

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