Closer Look at Key Players in O.J. Simpson Case

This is a rush transcript from "The Big Story With John Gibson," September 17, 2007. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

HEATHER NAUERT, "BIG STORY" CO-HOST: Of course we all know about O.J. Simpson's past, but what about the other players in the case? Who are Tom Riccio, Alfred Beardsley and Walter Alexander? Who is telling the truth? And what led them all into the hotel room at the Palace Station Casino Thursday night?

"Big Story" correspondent Douglas Kennedy takes a look at their pasts and the other guys the cops are still looking for.

DOUGLAS KENNEDY, "BIG STORY" CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, first of all, Heather, it's great to see you back on "The Big Story."

Most of these men have one thing in common: They are either friends or former friends of O.J. Simpson. And legal experts say O.J. is about to find out exactly how friendly they actually are.


KENNEDY (VOICE-OVER): This is the man who could very well do what a California court couldn't: put O.J. Simpson in jail.


KENNEDY: His name is Walter Alexander. He's a 46-year-old resident of Arizona and a golfing buddy of O.J. Simpson's. Police say he was with O.J. the night of the break-in and have charged him with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, among other things. His lawyer is considering all options including letting Alexander testify against O.J.

If you felt they had some evidence against him, you would consider entering into plea bargaining negotiations?

ROBERT D RENTZER, WALTER ALEXANDER'S ATTY: Yes, it would have to be more than some evidence. If I felt that they had a potentially provable case by which he might be convicted, it's an attorney's ethical obligation to explore plea bargaining.

KENNEDY: Also a possible problem for the "Juice": Tom Riccio, the auctioneer who says he set up the meeting with Simpson at the Palace Station Hotel and taped the calamitous confrontation.

O.J. SIMPSON: Don't let nobody out this room. Mother (bleep)! Think you can steal my (bleep) and sell it?


SIMPSON: Don't let nobody out of here.

KENNEDY: It's the audio tape obtained by that may be the best evidence against O.J. since Simpson is clearly in charge when the alleged crime occurs.

THOMAS RICCIO, PLAYER IN O.J. SCANDAL: He was very upset. He seemed to have known at least one of these people, and he felt betrayed, and he was very, very emotional.

KENNEDY: One of the people Simpson may have known was Bruce Fromong, who last May was in possession of the suit O.J. wore the day he was acquitted and at that time was accused by attorneys for Fred Goldman of being a shell for Simpson. Three days ago, that cozy relationship seemed to have soured.

BRUCE FROMONG, PLAYER IN O.J. SCANDAL: I had a gun put in my face last night.

KENNEDY: Simpson also knew Alfred Beardsley, the sports memorabilia collector who reportedly was in possession of the acquittal suit that night. In 2004, lawyers for Goldman questioned Beardsley in court for allegedly helping Simpson sell his autographs in violation of the civil judgment.

FROMONG: It is the only property I have been ordered to turn in.


KENNEDY: Also in the room that night, Tom Scotto, the man whose wedding Simpson was attending and police say they also want to question two other Las Vegas residents: 53-year-old Clarence Stewart and 49-year-old Michael McClinton, both of whom are alleged to have been with Simpson that night and may, Heather, have been his muscle.

NAUERT: Douglas, it's alleged that these men were all in business together in attempt to sell O.J. Simpson's stuff and keep the money away from the Goldmans?

KENNEDY: Yeah, this may be the best thing that ever happened to Fred Goldman because he's alleged that O.J. Simpson was laundering this money and if they turn on O.J. for this, they may, in fact, turn on him for the stuff that Fred Goldman accuses him of, and that could put him in jail again.

NAUERT: OK. Douglas Kennedy, thanks very much.

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