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LAPD: Knife found at O.J. Simpson’s home not murder weapon

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    In this July 29, 1998 file photo, crews demolish the former home of O.J. Simpson in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. After nearly a month of testing, Los Angeles police detectives have concluded a knife found during the demolition was not the weapon used to kill Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994. Investigators ruled out the knife after weeks of forensic tests, Police Capt. Andy Neiman said Friday, April 1, 2016.

LOS ANGELES >> After nearly a month of testing, Los Angeles police detectives have concluded a knife found at the former estate of O.J. Simpson was not the weapon used to kill Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994.

Investigators ruled out the knife after weeks of forensic tests, Police Capt. Andy Neiman said Friday. “We have confirmed, we have determined, there is no nexus,” he said.

Police revealed last month they had recently discovered the knife had been in the possession of a retired Los Angeles police officer for more than a dozen years. The officer said he received it from a construction worker who told him he had found it while working on a crew tearing down Simpson’s old Brentwood estate.

Simpson was acquitted of stabbing to death his wife and Goldman on June 12, 1994, outside her condominium, which was not far from the estate.

Over the years, police have examined several knives, but have never found one they could connect to the killings.

Simpson, meanwhile, has steadfastly maintained that he did not kill his wife and her friend.

He is serving a sentence of nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison for a bungled 2007 Las Vegas hotel robbery in which the former football star tried to retrieve sports memorabilia he said had been stolen from him. After the items were seized from memorabilia dealers held at gunpoint, he was convicted of robbery and kidnapping. He is eligible for parole next year.

Investigators previously said it was unlikely this knife was the murder weapon, noting it was too small to inflict the damage the victims suffered.

A lawyer for retired Officer George Maycott has said the construction worker gave his client the knife after meeting him on a film set where the officer was providing security.

Attorney Trent Copeland said his client, who by then had retired, attempted to hand the knife over to the LAPD, but he was told there was no need because Simpson had been acquitted.

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  • The officer should never have kept it. Obviously, Simpson would not have left the weapon at his house. Nor would any criminal. The case remains open…

    • As the “UNANOINTED” Judge and Jury, and ignorantly-opinionated bigot of all; I don’t believe your comment is founded–in any way (since you likely drew your conclusions while on the ground, sitting on Buffalo-Hide rug, watching T.V. in a Mud-Lodge in North Dakota. This does not qualify you as “Informed” (..more likely–“Ill-Informed”)… So, are you taking on the “Oral Master’s Thesis Contest” on April 16th?

  • Well, this absolutely clears OJ of any wrongdoing. After all, there was a 1 in 170 million chance that someone else with DNA similar to Simpson’s committed the double murder. Had LAPD investigated 170 million random people, there’s a good chance they would’ve caught the “real” killer.

    • LAPD did not follow strict chain of custody with blood samples they took from the scene. Also the bloody sock in the middle of OJ’s bedroom or even the glove found on his property looks like it was planted by LAPD. OJ was a neat freak amd he doesn’t leave clothes all over his house. Also the knit cap could not be forensically tied to OJ. Did LAPD ever get a sample of DNA from OJ’s son from his first marriage? Have you seen recent interviews with Marcia Clark? She is NOT claiming OJ is guilty and got away with murder because I think over a decade later and with hindsight, I bet Clark realizes the real murderer is not OJ, rather Oj’s son. Apppears the son told his father what he did and OJ figured he would beat the rap that LAPD was trying to set up, which he did with spectacular lawyers.

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