Police in Los Angeles are currently performing forensic testing on a knife which was discovered 12 years ago on the same property on which Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered in June 1994. There has so far been no connection made between the knife and the notorious murder case against O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted of the double murder in 1995. The case has remained unsolved, and the home in which Nicole Brown Simpson lived has since been torn down. O.J. Simpson is currently serving a prison term for an unrelated robbery.
The knife, described as small and deteriorated by NBC News, was only recently turned in to the LAPD by a now-retired traffic officer with the same department. He was allegedly given the knife 12 years ago while working on a film shoot by a construction worker, who said he had discovered the knife at the edge of the property. At that time, the retired officer took the knife to police, who told him they did not need it and that he could keep it in his possession. Only recently, after mentioning the knife to a current LAPD detective and being told to bring it to police, was he able to turn it into authorities.
The knife is of interest due to the fact that Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman were stabbed to death. During the trial of O.J. Simpson, evidence was presented regarding the former football star’s penchant for expensive cutlery and how he had his knives sharpened by a neighborhood knife store.
According to NBC News, the knife recently turned in by the retired traffic officer did not appear to be of high quality. Furthermore, it was intimated that no evidence was seen during a visual inspection. Officials said the testing was being performed “just in case.” If evidence pointing to O.J. Simpson as the murderer were discovered, he could not be brought to trial again due to double jeopardy laws.
By Jennifer Pfalz
NBC News:Los Angeles Police Testing Knife Found on O.J. Simpson’s Former Property
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