(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Police Department is conducting tests on a knife found at O.J. Simpson’s old property after they recovered it from a retired LAPD officer within the past month, the department said.
“The story as it’s told to us,” Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department said at a news conference Friday, was that a retired LAPD officer, who left the force in the late 1990s, “was working in the area of the Rockingham estate and he claimed an individual” who said he was a construction worker gave him that knife, Neiman said.
Neiman did not release the year the knife was recovered.
LAPD recently discovered the officer had the knife and the LAPD recovered it in the past month, Neiman said. The LAPD is not releasing details on the description of the knife, Neiman said.
Previously, there had been reports of a knife found near Simpson’s old home.
On June 12, 1994, Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were found stabbed to death in front of her Los Angeles home. To date, the murder weapon has never been found.
Simpson was charged with the murders. Then, on Oct. 3, 1995, at the end of a televised trial that captivated the nation, the former football star was acquitted of all criminal charges. He was found liable for their deaths in a civil case in 1997.
Simpson was arrested in September 2007 during a botched robbery in Las Vegas when he led a group of men into a hotel and casino to steal his own sports memorabilia at gunpoint.
He was charged with a number of felony counts, including kidnapping and armed robbery. He was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years in prison. He is serving his time at Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada.
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