A knife reportedly found at the estate of O.J. Simpson has caused a stir in the media this past week, especially since the nation seems to be glued to the FX series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and is all about anything O.J.
According to CBS News, new details about the knife found years after the 1994 double murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman have been released.
The murder weapon used to kill Simpson’s ex-wife and Goldman has never been found.
A law enforcement official told CBS it isn’t likely the knife reportedly found at O.J. Simpson’s former estate is connected to the killings, but said it will take at least three weeks to confirm that theory.
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The official, who is not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that Los Angeles police detectives doubt the knife was used in the 1994 killings.
He has several reasons for his conclusions, including that fact that the knife is too small to inflict the wounds that Nicole and Ronald suffered at the hands of their killer and that the knife is common among gardeners.
Police Capt. Andy Neiman said Wednesday the department’s crime lab is looking for DNA and other evidence, but don’t expect results for at least three weeks.
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CBS News previously reported that while police are taking the investigation seriously, Neiman caution it could turn out to be another false lead.
“I was really surprised.”
A police officer, George Maycott, recently turned in a knife that was allegedly found by a construction worker during the demolition of O.J. Simpson’s estate several years after the 1994 double-murder, according to Neiman.
“The off-duty, or retired, officer was working in the area of the Rockingham estate, and he claimed that an individual who claimed to be a construction worker provided him with this knife claiming that it was found on the property, so he held on to it.”
According to Yahoo News, Trent Copeland, a lawyer who represents the officer who kept the knife, said his client retired in 1998 and that the construction worker gave him the knife in 2002 or 2003.
They found what?! Buried knife found at O.J. Simpson estate. Crazy story ahead: https://t.co/fWk2TugQYI #OJSimpson pic.twitter.com/BLb2Yd030f
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Copeland said Maycott immediately called police to report the knife.
“Someone put him on hold, that person came back several minutes later, said he spoke to a supervisor who said, ‘Double jeopardy is attached to this case, OJ’s been acquitted. If that knife had blood on it there’s really nothing we can do about it, so we don’t want anything to do with this.'”
The Associated Press reports that it is believed the officer hung onto the knife for many years before turning it in about a month ago.
Retired LAPD Detective Tom Lange, who was the lead investigator on the case, said Simpson’s property was thoroughly searched.
“It’s always a possibility that it was overlooked, but the time that we had and the time that Simpson had this knife, I would be very surprised if we would have missed something like this.”
Marcia Clark, who prosecuted Simpson for the stabbing deaths, commented the knife Friday in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“If it does turn out to be connected to the murders of Ron and Nicole, it would be interesting if there was some evidence on that knife that pointed to who might have helped to bury it, if indeed someone else did.”
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Needless to say, the timing is more than a coincidence considering the renewed interest in the case with airing of the FX series, as law professor Laurie Levenson pointed out.
“You have to question the timing. Right at the time of the miniseries on the O.J. case and all of the sudden they come up with this knife. It’s gonna raise some eyebrows.”
Simpson has always maintained his innocence and is now serving a sentence of nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. He is eligible for parole next year.
What do you think? Could the knife be the murder weapon of Nicole Simpson Brown and Ronald Goldman?
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