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OJ Simpson to Testify Wednesday

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LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson is expected to take the stand Wednesday in his fight for a new trial for his robbery conviction in Las Vegas. It's the first time Simpson will testify in a court hearing since his legal troubles began more than 20 years ago.

Simpson is serving nine to 33 years in prison for his 2008 conviction in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Palace Station hotel room. The former star running back has served four years of his prison sentence for robbery and kidnapping.

Simpson declined to testify during that trial. Legal experts say, this time, he will need to tell his side of the story and explain why he didn't testify before.

Tuesday, the court heard from former District Attorney David Roger. He told the judge he offered a plea deal to Simpson in 2008 that would have cut his prison time to two and a half years.

Las Vegas attorney Donald Campbell says Simpson has the opportunity to explain why he thinks he received bad legal advice from his former lawyer Yale Galanter and provide further details about the robbery.

"I don't think he has any choice but to testify. That's the only way he's going to get his story out," Campbell said. "That's the only way he's going to have any means by which to try to convince the judge that what occurred in his case was a manifest injustice and miscarriage of justice."

Legal experts say the odds against Simpson are great. Post-conviction cases are common, but re-trials are not.

The Simpson case is generating international attention. More than 30 news agencies are following this week's proceedings. Wednesday marks a significant moment for Simpson, who also declined to testify during his highly-publicized murder trial in 1994. He was accused of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. A jury acquitted O.J. Simpson in that case.

His testimony this week is highly anticipated.

"I think people want to see the rest of this story carried out, and it is different from the murder case in that we're talking about someone who's arguing that, 'All I want to do is get my stuff back.' At the same time, not in a peaceable way," said UNLV Boyd School of Law Interim Dean Nancy Rapoport.

Wednesday's hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

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