(LAS VEGAS, KXNT, A.P.)–O.J. Simpson’s hearing for a new trial abruptly adjourned on its fourth day Thursday when defense attorneys said they were not informed of a witness the state had called to testify.
The judge conducting the evidence hearing then scheduled the witness’ appearance for Friday morning and adjourned court for the day.
This means that Simpson’s original trial attorney, Yale Galanter, who has become the focal point of this week’s hearing, will not appear on the stand until Friday.
Simpson’s bid for a re-trial centers on an alleged incompetent, incomplete defense mounted at trial and appeal by Galanter.
Thursday’s proceeding included the appearance of Las Vegas attorney Malcom LaVergne, who had been hired to assist in Simpson’s appeal following his conviction on robbery and kidnapping charges in an incident at a Palace Station hotel room as Simpson attempted to retrieve personal property during a sports memorabilia show.
When he testified Wednesday, Simpson disclosed that he never knew that it was Galanter, not LaVergne, who actually argued the appeal