UPDATED...Hearings continue in O.J. Simpson case

by Leanne Gregg
NBC News

O.J. Simpson was in court for the third day of hearings in the case that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life Tuesday.

Walter Alexander, a former Simpson golfing pal, admitted that he was one of a group of men Simpson recruited for a shakedown at a casino hotel.

"He sounded like it would be simple, just go in and intimidate them," Alexander testified.  "He leaned forward and was like 'Hey, do you think you can get some heat?'."

Alexander, who took a plea deal in exchange for reduced charges, said Simpson not only asked them to bring weapons, but wanted the guns to be seen.

"He said 'Just have then in your shirts or holsters'," Alexander added.

Simpson's defense tried to portray Alexander as a former pimp and a shady character who would say whatever it takes to stay out of jail.

The defense has said all along the Simpson was simply reclaiming items stolen from his home, and that he had no idea his companions were armed.