OJ Victim Alleges Tape Tampering

Dealer thinks recording was doctored to hurt Simpson's defense
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2008 8:23 AM CDT
Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass listens to attorneys during the O.J. Simpson trial at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008.   (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, pool)
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(Newser) – One of the alleged victims in OJ Simpson's memorabilia-theft trial has turned into a boon for the defense, suggesting that another victim doctored a key piece of evidence. Alfred Beardsley, a witness for the prosecution, accused auctioneer Thomas Riccio of editing out parts of a recording Riccio made during their confrontation with Simpson, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Beardsley, who is in California custody on unrelated charges, claims that "whole chunks of conversation" were missing from the tape and called it a "work of art" that he could not support. Riccio sold a copy of the recording to TMZ for $150,000 before handing it to police. An FBI analyst testified earlier that he couldn't determine whether the digital file had been tampered with.