New questions are being raised about Simpson's treatment when compared with that of his associates. While Simpson sits in jail, two of his associates were brought in for questioning and then freed on bail. Walter Alexander, who police say brandished a weapon during the alleged robbery, cut a deal with prosecutors and is back in Los Angeles. And Clarence Alexander, whose Vegas home was searched by police who recovered the memorabilia taken in the incident Thursday night, was arrested but freed on $78,000 bail.
"We're just treating him as we would as if he was anybody else. We're being professional. We're not acting as fans. We're not going down that route," a jail staffer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Alexander believes that Simpson was set up by Thomas Riccio, the memorabilia dealer who first tipped off Simpson that some of his collectibles were being sold, and set up a meeting with the two dealers in the hotel room. Riccio recorded the hotel-room confrontation and sold the recording to TMZ.com, according to The New York Times, but never informed police of his secret taping.
"It sounds like a setup to me," Alexander told ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday.
Riccio has a long rap sheet, including four separate felony convictions, including arson, prison escape and stolen property charges, according to thesmokinggun.com.
Riccio, who has spent a combined total of eight years in prison, was first convicted of a felony in 1984, a federal charge of conspiracy to receive stolen goods, according to court records. Several months later, he escaped from a federal minimum-security facility in Danbury, Conn.
Fromong, a witness in the O.J. Simpson robbery case, has been rushed to the hospital after suffering from a heart attack. A source said that Fromong was taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Monday Fromong complained of severe chest pains, and a source said his heart had stopped and had to be restarted.
Rasmussen, the Las Vegas attorney, believes that Simpson's latest legal troubles could actually win him some sympathy, adding that for years Nevada law allowed the use of reasonable force to get one's property back.
"I think there will be a backlash against this and people will start supporting O.J.," he said.
Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman, after a long trial in California.
As in that trial, Simpson seems to be drawing supporters to his side. At least one O.J. supporter was outside the courthouse Tuesday.
Self-proclaimed apostle Larry Noble Mays stood on the steps for most of the sunny day holding a sign that read, "Ask Jesus to Save You Now." Donning a baseball cap that read, "Man of Faith," Noble explained that he took a bus from Englewood, Calif., on Monday night because "wherever the Lord sends me, I go."
Noble, who played the same role at Simpson's two previous trials, said that he prays for him. "If he did it or he didn't, he still needs the Lord. After all, we are all sinners. And Jesus died for the sinners."