TODAY   |  May 16, 2013

OJ Simpson: ‘I didn’t break into anybody’s room’

In a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday, OJ Simpson took the stand to ask for a new trial, arguing that his lawyer mishandled the case that resulted in his armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> simpson case and the former football star now a convicted felon taking the stand. miguel almaguer with the latest on this.

>> reporter: good morning. o.j. simpson testified all day wednesday at times he laughed, he was always direct, and straightforward. a man with so much on the line.

>> shackled in this prison jump suit, a now 65-year-old o.j. simpson struggled to pour a cup of water but appeared to be his confident old self as he broke years of silence.

>> did you want to testify?

>> yes.

>> in five hours of testimony, simpson told the judge he deserves a new trial and a shot at freedom.

>> there was no talk about guns at all.

>> convicted of orchestrating the 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers in a vegas hotel room , simpson was sentenced up to 33 years in prison, but he now says his former lawyer never told him of a possible plea deal. advised him not to testify.

>> did you trust mr. galanter?

>> yes.

>> and always knew about his plans taking back the heirlooms, simpson claims he owned.

>> i followed what i thought was the law. my lawyer told me you can't break into a guy's home. i didn't break into anybody's room, i didn't beat up anybody, i didn't try to muscle a guy.

>> on wednesday, the public saw an older and different looking simpson than the one who didn't testify during his infamous 1995 trial.

>> if it doesn't fit, you must acquit.

>> when he was acquitted of the murders of ex-wife nicole brown simpson and her boyfriend ron goldman . now into a prison sentence that could last another 28 years, legal analysts say the football star is running out of options.

>> this is a hail mary pass by o.j. simpson . most of these petitions are never granted. but frankly, this is o.j., so the case is always a little different.

>> o.j. simpson on the stand for what may be his last shot at a new trial and possibly his freedom. a judge will decide in the coming weeks if o.j. simpson should get that new trial. as for the lawyer he accuses of botching his case, he's had no comment and will testify in court tomorrow.

>> miguel, thank you very much.