There’s been a bizarre twist in the O.J. Simpson case that never seems to go away.
A knife was reportedly covered on the football star’s property and is now under investigation by the LAPD as the murder weapon used to kill Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
The knife was apparently turned over to a police officer a number of years ago by a person doing construction work at the property, a law enforcement source said.
via L.A. Times:
At a press conference at LAPD headquarters Friday morning, Capt. Andrew Neiman said the officer was a traffic cop and was working on a movie set when he was given the knife.
Detectives learned of the knife’s existence more recently, and are now investigating where it came from, according to police, who cautioned that the investigation is still in its early stages.
Attorney Carl Douglas — a member of O.J. Simpson’s legal “dream team” that secured his 1995 acquittal in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman — on Friday called the story “ridiculous.”
“It’s amazing how the world cannot move on from this case!” Douglas said. “And it, and the media, is apparently still fascinated by everything O.J. Simpson.”
Douglas said he remembers that “there were indications that two different knives may have been used. One with a straight edge, and one with a serrated edge.” But he cautioned that people sometimes will do anything for 15 minutes of fame.
The officer who had the knife was retiring and apparently informed robbery-homicide detectives of the weapon’s existence in the last few months. An LAPD detective informed superiors, who immediately launched an investigation into the knife’s history and ordered a series of forensic tests to determine whether it had any connection with the June 12, 1994, murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman.
Finding the knife that killed the two had been an obsession of police and others in the wake of the murders.
Authorities searched for the murder weapon for months after the slayings, and there have been many leads that went cold.
In 1994, a woman discovered a kitchen knife smeared with red stains less than a block from Simpson’s home.
A blood-soaked glove that police believed was used during the killings was found at Simpson’s house. But whether it fit Simpson’s hand became a famously debated point during the trial.
A jury found Simpson not guilty of the murders in October 1995.
Whether the knife is found to be connected to the murders or not, it will likely have little impact on Simpson’s legal future. Once a person has been acquitted of murder by a jury, it would be double jeopardy to try the same person again for the same crime.