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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Police examine knife found at former home of OJ Simpson

Rachael Alexander

Published 05/03/2016 | 02:30

OJ Simpson in a police photo taken at the time of the murders
OJ Simpson in a police photo taken at the time of the murders

Los Angeles police have said that they are testing a knife recovered on a property once owned by OJ Simpson, the former football player acquitted in the murder of his former wife and her friend in a trial that gripped the public two decades ago.

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The department is running forensic tests on the Buck knife with a retractable blade, which was apparently turned over to an off-duty police officer a number of years ago by a construction worker at the property, the 'Los Angeles Times' newspaper reported, citing an unnamed law enforcement source.

Buried

After finding the folding knife buried at the site, the worker gave it to the officer who was working security for a film crew in the area.

The now-retired police officer kept the knife at home until about two months ago, according to reports.

The exact timeline of when the knife was recovered was not immediately clear.

Unnamed sources first reported the weapon was found years ago, but individuals remembered different times, ranging from "several years ago" to 1998, when the house was demolished.

Simpson, a retired professional football star for the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, was acquitted in 1995 of murdering his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in Los Angeles.

The knife was found on the grounds of the house where Simpson lived at the time of the murders.

The house, in the posh Brentwood neighbour-hood of Los Angeles, has since been knocked down.

Los Angeles Police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said the agency's Robbery Homicide Division was investigating.

She declined to provide further details.

Simpson's ex-wife and Goldman were stabbed multiple times in the neck and head but the murder weapon was never found at the time of the nine-month-long trial that ended in 1995 with his acquittal.

Simpson lost a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. He cannot be prosecuted again for the two murders because that would constitute double jeopardy.

He is currently in prison on a 2008 armed robbery conviction related to the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel.

A police representative last night confirmed that they became aware of the alleged discovery within the last month.

"Within the last month, LAPD became aware that the knife was allegedly recovered by a citizen at the property possibly during the demolition. We do not know if that is accurate.

"The item is a knife but I won't go into the description. We need to look into that.

"The story as it's told to us - the person is a retired LAPD officer, back in late 1990s, was a motor officer, according to him, he was working off duty, working a moving job, I do not know whether he was retired when he allegedly received this item."

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