While specialists are testing the knife, law enforcement sources said a preliminary review suggested that the weapon appeared to be unconnected to the brutal 1994 slayings of Simpson’s wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
The OJ Simpson case, which divided America along racial lines in the Nineties, took a potentially sensational new turn yesterday (Friday) after police revealed that they were investigating whether a knife recently handed to detectives was the weapon used to murder two people.
The Los Angeles police are conducting DNA tests on a knife reportedly found buried on Simpson’s property years ago. The construction worker then gave the knife to an off-duty motorcycle LAPD officer who was in uniform but working on a movie set in the neighborhood, police said.
“We still don’t know if that is an accurate account of how this item came into our possession”, Neiman said, adding: “If you are the individual that provided that knife (to the police officer) we would love to have you contact our Robbery Homicide Division”.
TMZ has identified the ex-Los Angeles police officer who for decades was holding on to a knife allegedly found at the former home of O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering Nicole Brown-Simpson and Goldman in 1995 in a criminal trial dubbed the “trial of the century”, though a civil suit later found him liable for their deaths.
“Even though O.J. Simpson can never be tried twice for the same crime, if there was someone else involved in this case and this knife sheds light on that, that person could be brought to trial because there is no statute of limitations for murder”, NBC Bay Area legal analyst Steven Clarke said.
But apparently the West LA traffic cops weren’t interested, and told Maycott “O.J”. “But, of course, I’m glad the LAPD is taking it seriously and subjecting it to testing so we can find out”. Although he says he has had cases where 30-year-old DNA evidence was still viable, he said that isn’t always the case. Capt. Andrew Neiman told reporters at a press conference on Friday that it is still unknown whether the claims surrounding the knife are “bogus from the get-go” and that it could be a “facsimile or made-up story”.
“We’ve blurred the lines of reality and TV crimes”, Levenson said.
Simpson, 68, is serving a 33-year sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery but will be eligible to make his first parole application next year. Trent Copeland, the attorney of retired officer George Maycott described the weapon as a 5-inch buck knife covered with dirt and mud.
OJ’s attorneys said at the time that they believed some members of the jury still held prejudices against Simpson from the murder trial and that he could not have received a fair trial, but a judge disagreed.
“I think it’s a joke”.
Police obsessed for years over finding the knife used to kill Simpson’s ex-wife and Goldman. The name of the officer will not be released, Neiman said.