Judge pursues subpoena in Simpson case

A Clark County District Court judge is seeking a subpoena for a man who might have recorded a conversation that contradicts previous testimony against O.J. Simpson in a robbery case.

District Judge Jackie Glass said Thursday she will ask the Clark County district attorney’s office to order Kevin Mikell to appear in court.

Attorney Robert Lucherini, who represents Simpson co-defendant Clarence Stewart, told Glass that Mikell had recorded a conversation with Michael McClinton, 50, a key witness against Simpson. The recording might contradict what McClinton said under oath at a November preliminary hearing.

McClinton testified that Simpson told him to bring a gun to a Sept. 13 confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at Palace Station and to “look menacing.”

Lucherini said Mikell played him the audio recording but wouldn’t give him a copy.

Mikell was friends with McClinton, said Lucherini. The attorney represented Mikell in a 1997 case in which Mikell pleaded guilty to aiming or discharging a firearm at a person.

Mikell is expected to be in court for an Aug. 25 hearing.

Simpson, Stewart and Charles Ehrlich are scheduled to be tried Sept. 8 in Las Vegas.

They face charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Authorities said Simpson and the other men tried to rob the two memorabilia dealers. Simpson said previously that he was only trying to retrieve his property.

McClinton is alleged to have gone to the hotel room with Simpson. McClinton pleaded guilty to robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery charges and agreed to testify against Simpson.

Contact reporter David Kihara at or 702-380-1039.

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