David Roger: The man who put O.J. Simpson in prison

LAS VEGAS - Could "The Juice" be loose in a matter of weeks?  All eyes will be on Carson City come Thursday for perhaps the most hyped parole hearing our nation has seen in years.

O.J. Simpson is in prison for his role in an armed robbery at the Palace Station in 2007. So, what are his chances of getting out?

The I-Team spoke with the man who helped put Simpson in prison.

Step inside David Roger's office and you'll find the framed newspaper on O.J. Simpson's armed robbery conviction.

"It seemed like the world was watching that verdict," he said. "I felt that we had a pretty strong case going into the trial."

The former prosecutor put the former football star behind bars 10 years ago.

"I felt that we had an abundance of evidence to prove his guilt," Roger said.

Evidence like video and audio recordings, along with testimony from Simpson's accomplices.

"He said, 'Show them your weapon and look menacing,'" said Simpson accomplice and former defendant Michael McClinton during the 2008 trial.

DA David Roger: "Are those defendant Simpson's words?"

McClinton: "Mr. O.J. Simpson said that to me."

Simpson was accused of an armed robbery scheme to take back sports memorabilia from a dealer at the Palace Station. Five other men were arrested and charged, but Simpson was the accused mastermind. 

"There was one person. That was defendant Simpson. He is the person who put these crimes together," Roger said.

All eyes were on that courtroom.

"We weren't much for playing to the cameras," said former Clark County District Attorney David Roger. "My focus was to make sure that the police did their job in the case and didn't get wrapped up in the media attention and the fact that it was O.J. Simpson and I wanted to make sure that the district attorney's office followed some decorum in prosecuting the case."

Simpson's other court case for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles in 1995 ended in a not guilty verdict.

"I felt like the prosecutors had a lot of evidence in his prior case," Roger said.

But his Nevada case would be different. Simpson would go to prison. His sentence was nine to 33 years. A parole board will decide on Thursday whether he can be a free man.

"He's done an awful lot of time," Roger said. "I can't imagine him doing another robbery at age 70. I suspect that he'll be on parole for a period of time and if he messes up, then he'll go back to prison."

Toger is now an attorney for the union representing Metro police officers, but he and the visitors to his office are always reminded of his work in getting "The Juice" locked up.

"I think O.J. felt that he was invincible."


 


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