The Los Angeles police are now examining a knife that may have been found in a now-demolished house that was once owned by OJ Simpson, the former football player who was acquitted of the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, in 1995.
In a unexpected turn of events to a decades-old case that has long baffled the US, the LAPD confirmed on Friday that it was investigating the knife, which is said to have been discovered by a construction worker and handed to a police officer working on a movie set in the late 1990s.
Remarkably, the police officer, who is now retired, appears to have kept the knife ever since as a memento.
Appearing at a press conference, LAPD captain Andrew Neiman said the retired police officer claims he working off duty for a film crew across the road from Simpson’s former Rockingham property when he was given the knife by the construction worker.
Nieman would not specify precisely when the knife was handed in, however Simpson’s estate was demolished in 1998.
Police have been obsessed for years over finding the knife used to murder Simpson’s ex-wife and Goldman. Detectives are now testing this knife to see where it may have come from, Neiman said, and the inquiry is still in its early stages.
Neiman said the knife had been sent to the LAPD’s laboratory, where it will now be tested for forensic evidence including bodily fluids, hair samples, and DNA.
He stressed that investigators were still looking into the evidence and the “story” to determine whether it was accurate.
Simpson who is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Centre in Nevada for a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas, was granted limited parole in July 2013, and is currently set to be released in 2017.
Source; The guardian