Audio tapes were key to convictions, Simpson jurors say

In a trial marked by a parade of characters on the witness stand, it was the secret audio tapes that ultimately convicted O.J. Simpson of armed robbery and kidnapping, jurors said Sunday night.

“We honestly felt we could not rely on that witness testimony,” juror Michelle Lyons said. That testimony included four former co-defendants who accepted plea agreements from the prosecution and got reduced charges in exchange for their testimony. The tapes included secret recordings made by auctioneer Thomas Riccio, who helped set up the Palace Station meeting with two sports memorabilia dealers, and gunman Michael McClinton.

Without those and other recordings, the prosecution’s case would have been “very weak,” juror Dora Pettit said.

Lyons and Pettit were among seven jurors who agreed to hold a press conference after being hounded by reporters through the weekend. The press conference was held in the same courtroom the four-week trial was held.