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Hearing Day 4 Ends in OJ Bid for New Vegas Trial

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LAS VEGAS  -- The fourth day of hearings in O.J. Simpson's bid for a new trial has ended.  Simpson is seeking a new trial on his 2008 conviction in a Las Vegas hotel room heist involving two sports memorabilia dealers.

On Thursday, Simpson, a professional football legend, watched as attorneys huddled around the judge, arguing over a surprise witness.

Prosecutors want to call a California woman who can refute claims made by Simpson on the witness stand Wednesday.

It's unclear whether the judge will allow her to testify.

During the hearing Thursday afternoon, the defense continued to hammer away at Miami attorney Yale Galanter, who defended Simpson in his kidnapping and armed robbery trial. They called Las Vegas attorney Malcolm LaVergne, who worked on Simpson's appeal with Galanter.

"The biggest concern was this was not going well," LaVergne said. "Obviously, Mr. Simpson's appeals weren't going well, and I just had, that someone, another set of eyes should look at this."

Simpson and a group of men barged into a Palace Station hotel room in 2007 to get back stolen sports memorabilia and family photos. Simpson is the only one left serving any time.

"I wouldn't have gotten behind the wheel of a car," Simpson said during his testimony Wednesday.

Simpson's new lawyers said his previous lawyers could have used the defense that Simpson was too drunk to understand what he was doing during the robbery. Prosecutors have an expert witness on alcohol who's not buying that.

"From your observations of those videos and the audio, do you have a professional opinion as to whether Mr. Simpson was sloppy drunk on that occasion?" asked Leon Simon of the Clark County District Attorney's office to expert witness Dr. Gregory Brown, a psychiatrist.

"In my opinion, he was not," Brown replied.

The decision on whether Simpson will get a new trial falls on Judge Linda Bell.

The lawyer who has hounded O.J. Simpson for years to collect a civil judgment after the 1994 killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were among those expected to testify Thursday.

Simpson was acquitted in the 1995 "trial of the century" in Los Angeles.

But a jury returned a $33.5 million civil wrongful-death judgment against him in 1997.

David Cook has been trying to collect since 2006.

He was expected to testify for the state about ownership of items taken in the 2007 Las Vegas heist and address Simpson's claim that he was out to retrieve personal belongings.

Read more about the hearing here

The hearing is expected to resume at 8 a.m. Friday.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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