POSTED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 3:19pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 9:33am
OJ Simpson takes the witness stand in bid for new trial.
(NBC News) O.J. Simpson, one of the nation's most famous prisoners, testified Wednesday about the night that resulted in his arrest, conviction and a nine to 33 year prison sentence.
The famed football player and actor detailed events leading up to and during the night he and a group of associates stormed a Las Vegas hotel room, taking at gunpoint memorabilia that he claims was his previously stolen personal property.
"It was my stuff," Simpson said when asked if he believed he was acting legally. "My lawyer said 'You can't break in to a room,' I didn't beat up anybody, I didn't muscle anybody it."
He did not testify at his trial five years ago.
Simpson hopes to win a new trial, and his freedom, claiming his legal team was incompetent.
He said his former attorney, Yale Galanter, knew about his plan to take back personal items he thought had been stolen.
Simpson also claims Galanter never told him about a plea deal he would have taken.
If his efforts here fail, he could spend the next 28 years behind bars.