Much is not yet clear about the knife: exactly when it was found, how long it was in the possession of the former police officer and whether it is related to the 1994 stabbing deaths of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
In an embarrassing admission, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said one of its officers had been given the knife almost 20 years ago after it had been found by a building worker, but failed to pass it on to investigators.
“I don’t know what the circumstances are, why that didn’t happen or if that’s entirely accurate or if this whole story is possibly bogus from the get-go”, he said.
After new potential evidence surrounding the OJ Simpson murder trial emerged Friday, the owner of the construction company that demolished Simpson’s former Los Angeles estate where a knife was found buried in the ground spoke out, calling the find “a joke”. Simpson’s former estate was more than capable of inflicting the mortal wounds on Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman…so says the man who examined the wounds of the victims. The criminal trial was later followed by a civil case in which a jury found Simpson liable for the killings and ordered him to pay $25?million (pounds 17.6?million) to the families of Brown and Goldman.
Simpson is now serving a nine to 33-year sentence in state prison due to his October 2008 conviction charges for armed robbery and kidnapping. 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 Neiman told reporters: “I was really surprised”. According to TMZ, which broke the story, in January, the now retired officer told someone within the department that he wanted to have it framed.
The sudden disclosure of the existence of the knife coincides with the appearance of a new TV docu-drama, “The People versus OJ Simpson”. However because Simpson was acquitted, Neiman said it’s not likely he could be prosecuted because of double jeopardy.
Dershowitz said the discovery of the knife, even if it proves to be the murder weapon, is legally insignificant.
Kato Kaelin, who was Simpson’s houseguest at the time of the murders, told CBS2 exclusively that he was shocked that an officer could be holding a crucial piece of untested evidence.
“I can’t imagine O.J. Simpson losing a second of sleep over the discovery of this knife that was discovered for the first time at least years after the deaths”, he said.
Remember, Simpson was acquitted for the slayings in 1995, and that case remains open.
“I’m sure some of the coverage has been breathless and across the line, but I don’t think it’s out-of-line that people are interested”, Deggans said. That officer, who has since retired, surrendered the knife to detectives a month ago, according to Neiman.
“It’s insane”, the elder Goldman said, as news emerged that a knife had been found at the ex-football star’s Brentwood mansion.
“I hope they test it, and I hope it turns out to be the weapon”.