Los Angeles police detectives are investigating a knife purportedly found some time ago at the former home of O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted of murder charges in the 1994 stabbings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, a police spokesman said Friday.
A citizen supposedly found the knife, possibly during demolition of Simpson’s former home years ago, and turned it over to a now-retired police motorcycle officer who was working as a security guard at a filming location, police Capt. Andy Neiman said.
The knife was being analyzed by an LAPD crime lab for DNA or other material.
It came to light in the past month, but Neiman did not say how that occurred, stressing the authenticity of the story was not confirmed.
“I don’t know why that didn’t happen or if that’s entirely accurate or if this whole story is possibly bogus from the get-go,” Neiman told reporters.
Attorney Carl Douglas who was a part of Simpson’s legal “dream team” that won his 1995 acquittal called the story “ridiculous.”
“It’s amazing how the world cannot move on from this case!” Douglas told The Los Angeles Times. “And it, and the media, is apparently still fascinated by everything O.J. Simpson.”
The weapon used in the killings has been a mystery for decades. Other knives have surfaced during the case but were not linked to the crimes.
In 1994, a salesman testified at a preliminary hearing that he sold Simpson a knife before the killings.
That same month a woman turned in a red-stained kitchen knife she said she found near Simpson’s home, and a handle and a piece of blade of a knife were found in a tank that collects waste from airplanes at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, where Simpson flew the night of the killings.
In 1998, a residential construction crew found a folding-blade knife in Simpson’s former neighborhood but police said there was no evidence to show it was related to any crime.
Neiman said investigators didn’t know the identity of the person who handed over the recently discovered knife and asked him or her to come forward.
The killings occurred June 12, 1994, and led to the “Trial of the Century” in which the former football star was acquitted by a jury that deliberated only four hours.
In 1997, a civil court jury found Simpson liable for the slayings and awarded millions of dollars in damages to the victims’ families.
Neiman did not believe that Simpson could be charged again with murder if the latest knife is linked to the killings.
“I’m not an attorney, but it’s my understanding from being a police officer for nearly 30 years that double jeopardy would be in place here,” he said.
The account of the knife’s discovery was first reported by TMZ.