TMZ first reported that a construction worker found a folding buck knife years ago, possibly in 1998, buried on the grounds of the former NFL player’s L.A. mansion. The worker took the weapon out onto the street and approached a police officer, who demanded he hand it over.
The cop who seized the knife never ended up turning it in as evidence, and kept it in his personal possession for years.
This past January, the cop apparently told a friend in the LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division about his plans to have the knife framed with the DR (Departmental Record) number for the case involving the murders of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Simpson Brown, and Ronald Goldman.
Unable to keep his friend’s plan from authorities, the RHD employee reportedly notified his superiors — who immediately took the knife from the cop. The next step in the process: The knife will be tested for hair and fingerprints, which could yield DNA and other biological evidence. The LAPD is holding a press conference on Friday, March 4, where further details about the investigation will be given.
Simpson’s case remains open as he was acquitted for his ex-wife’s murder in 1995. While that means officials can continue to investigate, the fallen football star cannot be prosecuted for a second time.
Simpson, 68, is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence he was given after being found guilty in a robbery and kidnapping case in Nevada. His name has been making headlines recently thanks to Cuba Gooding Jr.’s portrayal of him in FX’s miniseries, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which explores the iconic and divisive case.
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