Simpson back in Florida after posting bail

O.J. Simpson returned home to Miami on Thursday, a day after a Las Vegas judge doubled his bail but allowed him to stay out of jail while he awaits trial on armed robbery.

Tom Scotto, who coordinated with four other friends to raise Simpson's bail, greeted Simpson after his arrival at Miami International Airport and escorted him to a waiting sport utility vehicle.

The night before the bail revocation hearing, "he said, 'Pray for me,'" Scotto said. "That's a first. He was really nervous she wasn't going to let him out."

Simpson, 60, posted bond and was released from jail just after 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The former football star was picked up last week in Florida by a bail bondsman and taken back to Nevada for violating terms of his release.

He had been ordered to have no contact with co-defendants or witnesses after he was freed on bail in September on charges of orchestrating the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a hotel room.

He found himself before a judge Wednesday because he mentioned co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart while leaving a phone message two months ago for his bail bondsman.

In the message, Simpson asked the bondsman to tell Stewart how frustrated he was about testimony during a preliminary hearing.


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