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July 22, 2014

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Court denies petition of Simpson’s co-defendant

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CARSON CITY -- In a 2-1 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court has denied the petition of Clarence J. Stewart to sever his trial for armed robbery and kidnapping from football great O.J. Simpson in Las Vegas.

The court on Friday also refused to delay the trial of Stewart and Simpson, which is scheduled to start Sept. 8 in Clark County. Its ruling upholds the decision of District Judge Jackie Glass, who refused to grant a postponement in the trial.

Justice Michael Cherry dissented, saying he would have granted a stay of Stewart’s trial to allow the court to consider the motion to split the trial of the two defendants. But justices Bill Maupin and Ron Parraguirre said the court’s intervention was not warranted at this time.

Simpson and Stewart are part of a group that was charged with stealing sports memorabilia from dealers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong at gunpoint in a hotel room at the Palace Station casino in September 2007.

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