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Deputy heard O.J. Simpson confess – maybe

13 Nov
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Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart, shows memorabilia from the OJ Simpson murder trial including a photo in the Las Angeles Times of him testifying in the preliminary hearing leading up to the trial.
ANGELA PIAZZA, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The banner headline ran in thick capital letters across the front page of a January 1996 tabloid:

“I DID IT”

Beneath the headline in the Globe was the iconic mug shot of O.J. Simpson taken after being arrested on suspicion of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

To the left of the photo is the phrase: “O.J.’s chilling word-by-word confession to Rosey Grier – Explosive truth from the jail guard who heard it all.”

The “jail guard who heard it all” is Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart.

Today is the 19th anniversary of the jailhouse conversation overheard by Stuart that etched his name into the transcripts of one of the most sensational court cases ever.

DID O.J. CONFESS?

Stuart began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy assigned to the Men’s Central Jail. He was 23.

Shortly after his arrest in June 1994, Simpson was kept in the jail’s security housing unit.

Stuart was stationed in a command center, and oversaw a visiting area reserved for “keep-away” inmates – those inmates who were isolated because of their celebrity or high-profile status.

One evening that November, the young deputy checked in a visitor to see Simpson: Grier, a former NFL defensive tackle turned Christian minister.

While Grier and Simpson chatted by phone in a one-man visitation room separated by thick glass, Stuart sat at his desk. His back was to Grier, about three feet away.

“When it is normal conversation, the glass is pretty thick and you can’t hear anything,” Stuart said. “I went back to monitoring the floor and doing paperwork.”

Suddenly, he heard the thwacking sound of a phone slamming and then, he said, O.J. shouting:

“ ‘I didn’t mean to do it! … I’m sorry!’ ”

“He slams it down and yells at the top of his voice, which is loud enough to go through not only the ceiling but through the glass to Rosey Grier,” said Stuart, now 45.

Grier, after a second or so, Stuart recalled, shouted:

“ ‘O.J., you got to come clean. You got to tell somebody.’ ”

Stuart saw Simpson bury his head in the palms of his cupped hands.

“(He) was obviously visibly shaken,” Stuart said. “He was crying at the time.”

He then saw Grier motioning for Simpson to pick the phone back up.

Stuart wasn’t quite sure what to make of the outburst.

“It is a pretty ambiguous statement,” Stuart said. “It wasn’t a big deal to me when I heard it.”

When on a break in the deputy’s dining room, Stuart got called back to his post.

Supervisors told Stuart that Simpson was cursing him while being escorted back to his cell, ranting about a deputy falsely claiming to hear his confession.

But because Stuart hadn’t told anybody, he figured Simpson was trying to cover his tracks.

LEGAL WRANGLING

Stuart’s statement was sealed before making its way to the desk of Superior Court Judge Lance Ito.

Stuart was ordered to testify but was permitted to only acknowledge hearing a statement without revealing what was said.

“(It was) my first time ever testifying,” Stuart said.

The prosecution team tried to extract answers alluding to a confession of guilt.

The defense team, led by Johnnie Cochran, battled to keep the statement under wraps, arguing that conversations between inmates and clergy are protected under state law.

Stuart was grilled for more than two hours:

Did you hear a conversation? … Who made the conversation? … What were the dimensions of the room? … Where were you seated when you heard the conversation? … What was the thickness of the walls? … What was the thickness of the glass? … O.J.’s demeanor when the statement was made?

Ultimately, Ito ruled Simpson’s conversation with Grier was, in fact, protected and therefore not admissible.

The trial began on Jan. 24, 1995. On Oct. 3, Simpson was found not guilty.

By then, Stuart had switched departments to Fullerton.

When Stuart was contacted by a reporter from the Globe who asked him to tell the story of Simpson’s jailhouse statement, then-Chief Pat McKinley gave his blessing.

“I knew he was coming from the (L.A.) Sheriff’s Department but didn’t know he was part of the O.J. case,” McKinley recalled. “I had no problem with it.”

Stuart told the Globe reporter what he heard and saw on that day in the Men’s Central Jail. He was paid close to $10,000 for telling his story.

“There are some things that were added in that were a little sensationalized, but there is nothing that is factually inaccurate,” Stuart said.

LOOKING BACK

With more than 20 years on the job, including assignments as a homicide detective and gang investigator, Stuart looks back on the Simpson verdict with more seasoned eyes.

“As a former detective, you take ambiguous statements and you look at other details and facts and put those together,” Stuart said.

“If I was a detective working the case and I heard that, I would want to go back and look at more evidence,” he said.

But even if Simpson’s statement had been heard by a jury, Stuart believes the verdict would have been the same.

“There was probably more evidence that was undisputed by the defense than you have in 10 homicide cases,” Stuart said.

Does Stuart think Simpson’s statement was an admission of guilt?

When considering all the other evidence … probably.

“I will never be 100 percent certain,” Stuart said. “We will never know.”

Source: www.ocregister.com

By LOU PONSI / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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One response to “Deputy heard O.J. Simpson confess – maybe

  1. wifepoisonedmewithantifreeze

    March 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    The media effect of the OJ Simpson trial is a perfect demonstration of how an innocent man can prove in open criminal court their innocence and yet most Americans ignore that FACT because their whipped into a Fascist minded frenzy by the media propaganda!

    Simple flat out fact the police and crime labs and prosecutors backed up that glove as used in the murders and the gloves do NOT fit OJ Simpson, so HE’S INNOCENT!

    The Fascist news media tries to DISTRACT the Americans from the fact that POLICE planted that glove by using their power of propaganda to CHANGE THE SUBJECT into a race issue to COVER FOR THE POLICE!

    The LA police were using DOUBLES around the time of the so-called murders and news media was mums the word about that, and police cover up their use of doubles by claiming they use them as decoys!

    YES the LA police use doubles, they are also known to recruit civilians into sting operations and are also known to stage deaths in sting operations and are known to do so with civilians that join into their sting operations!

    I do not even believe that OJ Simpson’s wife and her lover the sting operative are dead, their just using new identity’s given to them by FBI and are full time operatives for law enforcement!

    Kato is also a sting operative, and it is common practice for police to surround their target with sting operatives which is WHY they TOLD Nicole Simpson to rent out that guest house to Kato on a lease so OJ Simpson could not kick him off the property!

    Go here and learn about how our police use doubles and how they try to hide it by calling them “Decoys” and wake up to the fact our news reporters know damn well police use doubles and are mums the word about it!

    http://www.latimes.com/news/la-oj-anniv-arrest,0,922015.story#axzz2vagXXtxJ

    As far as OJ Simpson’s recent problems go here is my answer to that!

    OJ Simpson was surrounded by plain clothed sting operatives which is WHY they do NOT SHOW YOU the people that was with him and THEY not OJ Simpson STAGED everything for video surveillance in order to FRAME OJ Simpson!

    You never heard of a drug bust or prostitution sting before? don’t you KNOW police use sting officer’s under cover and they are PAID to stage crimes in order to frame/entrap the people that are WITH THEM?

    Don’t tell me you never heard of cops dressing up like civilians and staging crimes to frame/entrap people, THEY DO IT ALL THE TIME in drug busts and prostitution stings!

    In other words OJ Simpson does not have to do anything wrong at all and he still looks guilty because he was with the under cover officer’s/operatives that STAGED THE CRIMES!

    It’s called a set up, and because those other people are sting operatives they will serve no prison time because they were paid by police to be under cover and to set up OJ Simpson on a sting!

    Imagine riding a bus to go to the grocery store, and some dude sits near you and starts acting all friendly with you, your stuck on the bus with NO WAY OF AVOIDING THE PERSON, and this dude just talks and talks and talks to you in a friendly way, your just nodding your head but not really talking to the person because YOU DO NOT KNOW WHO THE HELL HE IS, and after a few minutes of this dude acting friendly with YOU he whips out a guns and robs everyone on the bus except YOU and then he grins at YOU and says “Cmon lets go!” as he steps out of the bus and runs away!

    Now think about it, you did nothing wrong, you do not know the person, yet THAT PERSON’S PERFORMANCE on that bus just turned everyone ON THAT BUS AGAINST YOU and made you LOOK LIKE A ACCOMPLICE!

    Now that is just an example of how under cover5 police and their civilian operatives frame people using sting tactics, and under cover police and civilian operatives are IMMUNE TO PROSECUTION because neither police NOR prosecutors will admit they do stings like that, and that’s exactly why they get away with it!

    Now I just gave you an example of how easy it is for sting operatives to make innocent people APPEAR guilty of a crime!

    Don’t forget sting operations are all about police staging crimes for the purpose of making their target appear guilty by simple association!

     

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