Vegas Cop Thought OJ Heist 'Couldn't Be True'

'It didn't make sense' until he heard tape
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2008 3:03 PM CDT
Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Owens, left, questions Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Detective Andy Caldwell during the O.J. Simpson armed robbery-kidnapping trial.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The first Las Vegas detective to investigate OJ Simpson’s alleged involvement in an armed robbery last September said he was initially flabbergasted at the idea, the Los Angeles Times reports. “It didn't make sense,” Andy Caldwell testified yesterday at Simpson’s trial. Caldwell was soon swayed by surveillance video and the stories of two memorabilia dealers who said they had been threatened with guns.

Simpson’s trial continued today, with the judge expected to rule on whether jurors would be led through a mockup of the hotel room built in the courthouse basement. The prosecution’s case appears to rest on a transcription of lo-fi audio tape they say confirms Simpson’s crime. Defense lawyers had lobbied for the exclusion of the recording, based on its quality, but were denied.