Knife Reportedly Found on O.J. Simpson’s Property Not Connected to Homicide Case, Police Say

O.J. Simpson and Johnnie Cochran, Jr.
Johnnie Cochran, Jr. (left) and Simpson VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images

The knife that was allegedly found on O.J. Simpson's former property is not connected to the murders of Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, police said Friday, April 1.

The Los Angeles Police Department announced their findings in a post on their official Twitter account late Friday afternoon.

As previously reported, the LAPD received the knife in question from a retired police officer earlier this year. In a press conference on March 4, Captain Andrew Neiman said a construction worker had given the knife to the officer several years ago, after he found it on a property once owned by Simpson.

The officer held onto it until very recently. Once in the LAPD's possession, it was submitted to labs for formal testing.

Simpson, 68 — who was acquitted of the infamous double murders back in 1995 — would not have been charged again in the homicides even if police had uncovered new evidence from the knife. As Captain Neiman explained during the March 4 presser, "Double jeopardy would be in place here."

As it stands, the case remains open. "Unless there's an actual arrest or conviction to prove that we have actually closed the case, the cases remain open," he explained last month. "And that is where we are with the O.J. Simpson case. And I shouldn't say the O.J. Simpson case — this is the Nicole Brown Simpson double homicide."

Incidentally, the 1995 trial is back in the headlines this year for another reason besides the knife. The case is the subject of FX's American Crime Story, starring David Schwimmer, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson, among others. The season finale airs on April 5.


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