SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Las Vegas prosecutors were considering Tuesday charging O.J. Simpson with kidnapping and coercion in addition to the charges the former NFL star already faces in connection with the alleged armed robbery of a Las Vegas hotel room last week.
Also Tuesday, a judge in Santa Monica, Calif., denied a request by the father of Ron Goldman for sweeping assignment of O.J. Simpson's earnings.
Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg did, however, give Fred Goldman's lawyer, David Cook, one week to come up with a list of sports memorabilia items the former football star is accused of stealing from the Las Vegas hotel room.
Rosenberg denied today the latest effort by Fred Goldman to take Simpson's earnings from everything from autograph signings to videogames to satisfiy a largely unpaid multimillion-dollar judgment 11 years ago.
The Goldman family was seeking ownership of the sports memorabilia O.J. Simpson is accused of committing armed robbery to recover for himself.
Simpson's attorney, Ronald Slate, said during a press conference following the hearing Tuesday that the Goldman family had refused efforts by Simpson to make payment arrangements for the settlement.
"If they had sat down at a table with us and tried to work out a way to pay them from [Simpson's] earnings, they'd be hundreds of thousands of dollars ahead right now," Slate said.
Speaking at the same conference, Goldman's attorney David Cook called the suggestion that Simpson and Goldman would negotiate an agreement "repulsive."
"It will be a cold day in hell when you ever see a piece of paper with the signatures of O.J. Simpson and Fred Goldman," Cook said. "It is inconceivable that the father of a murder victim would sit and bargain and haggle," he said.
Meanwhile, one man charged with the former football star said Tuesday that the Las Vegas hotel room dispute seemed like a setup.
Walter Alexander, 46, said Simpson may have been tricked because the memorabilia dealer who tipped him off also recorded everything on tape.
"It sounds like a setup to me," Alexander told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. He said Simpson had thought the memorabilia belonged to him after getting a call from the dealer.
"He did believe that he was going to retrieve his own property," Alexander said.
One of the memorabilia dealers who spoke publicly about the incident on Monday and described Simpson and a group of men coming into the hotel room "commando style" was hospitalized later Monday with chest pains, a staff member at Century City Doctors Hospital said Tuesday.
Bruce Fromong was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the staff member said, declining to give her name. A Cedars-Sinai spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a call seeking information about Fromong's condition.
CBS Radio reported that Fromong actually suffered a heart attack, during which his heart stopped and had to be restarted.
Simpson was being held without bail Tuesday in Clark County Detention Center on six felonies, including two counts of robbery with use of a deadly weapon. Witnesses and authorities have said that they do not believe Simpson had a gun but that some of the men with him did. If convicted, Simpson could receive up to 30 years in state prison on each robbery count.
Simpson has been in and out of the spotlight since he was acquitted of murder in the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
The Goldman family, which won a civil verdict against Simpson, has waged a decade-long campaign to track down and claim his assets to fulfill the civil verdict. It planned to file a request in Superior Court on Tuesday to obtain ownership of the sports memorabilia seized.
David Cook, an attorney for Goldman's father, Fred Goldman, said he believed Nevada authorities would turn over the items with a court order after Simpson's criminal case finishes. The items include Simpson's Hall of Fame certificate, a gold Rolex watch and the suit Simpson wore on the day he was acquitted, Cook said.
"Assuming that this case is resolved one way or another, at the end of the case, the stuff will never go back to Mr. Simpson," Cook vowed. "He's going to walk out of Clark County empty-handed."
Another man suspected in the alleged heist surrendered Monday. Clarence Stewart, 53, of Las Vegas, lived at one of the residences that police searched early Sunday to recover some of the memorabilia.
Stewart turned over some of the missing goods, including footballs bearing autographs, police said. He was being held on six felony charges, including robbery with a deadly weapon and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
A fourth man, Tom Scotto, was questioned and cleared of suspicion after police concluded he was not in the room, reducing the number of outstanding suspects to two, police said. Both were apparently seeking attorneys and preparing to surrender, police said.
Alexander, who faces charges almost identical to Simpson's, said he went to Las Vegas for a wedding and not to see Simpson. "I just happened to get caught up in a bad situation," he told ABC's "Good Morning America."
Simpson's arraignment was set for Wednesday. Yale Galanter, Simpson's lawyer, said he was preparing a bond motion and will ask for Simpson's release on his own recognizance.
"If it was anyone other than O.J. Simpson, he would have been released by now," he said.
"You can't rob something that is yours," Galanter said. "O.J. said, 'You've got stolen property. Either you return it or I call the police."'
The Goldmans hope the property never finds its way back to Simpson.
In 1997, a civil jury in Santa Monica returned $33.5 million in judgments against Simpson in a wrongful-death lawsuit by the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
The jury awarded $8.5 million in compensatory damages to Ron Goldman's estate and a total of $25 million in punitive damages, divided equally between both estates. Despite extensive court hearings, however, most of the judgment has remained unpaid.
In 1999, seized personal property was auctioned off, raising only $430,000, more than half of it from the sale of his Heisman Trophy. The house itself did not generate anything toward paying the judgment. A bank foreclosed on the home, put it up for auction and bought it back.
Tuesday's hearing was originally scheduled in connection with any money the Goldmans say Simpson earned from a video game featuring his likeness.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.