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OJ Simpson: 'I believed I was innocent'

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Simpson testifies under oath in Clark County District Court for the first time. (May 15, 2013/FOX5) Simpson testifies under oath in Clark County District Court for the first time. (May 15, 2013/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It's something that's never happened before. O.J. Simpson on Wednesday took the stand in a Las Vegas courtroom.

Simpson is seeking a new trial more than four years after being convicted for robbery and kidnapping.

Simpson for the first time spoke in his own words about what happened when he attempted to recover sports memorabilia from a room at Palace Station Hotel and Casino in September 2007.

"These are things I hadn't seen in 10 years, and I was a little emotional about it," Simpson said.

Simpson was describing the night he walked into a hotel room to retrieve what he claimed was his property. During questioning that took most of the day, Simpson walked the court through the incident, including the approval he said he received from his attorney at the time, Yale Galanter.

"Did you think you were acting legally?" asked Simpson's attorney, Patricia Palm.

"Yes, I did," Simpson replied.

"Why?" Palm asked.

"It was my stuff. I followed what I thought law [allowed for]," Simpson said.

Simpson said he was never aware of any weapons, saying that he only wanted big, imposing guys on hand for security. Once arrested, Simpson said Galanter told him he wouldn't be convicted because he did nothing wrong.

"Did you trust Mr. Galanter?" Palm asked.

"Yes," Simpson replied.

"Did you believe he would get you out of it?" Palm asked.

"I believed I was innocent, yeah," Simpson said.

Simpson, 65, answered most of the questions with energy, cracking lighthearted remarks along the way. He claimed he had poor representation at his 2008 armed robbery trial.

Simpson said he was never made aware of a potential plea deal.

"The subject never came up?" Palm asked.

"Oh, it came up. Because I asked why they offered those guys [co-defendants] pleas and I was the only guy who was not trying to run and get out of town. I was the guy that was ready to talk to the police from day one," Simpson said.

During cross examination, state attorney Leon Simon pressed Simpson about not taking the witness stand much earlier.

"You made a decision to follow Mr. Galanter's advice rather than Mr. Grasso's [Gabriel Grasso, another attorney] and didn't testify, did you?" Simon asked.

"Yes," Simpson replied.

Throughout the testimony, Simpson said Galanter was in complete control. Galanter is scheduled to take the stand later this week.

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