An OJ Simpson knife found buried at his estate has prompted an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. The folding buck knife was discovered by a construction worker who then turned it over to an LAPD cop, though the timeline of the exchange is unclear, according to New York Daily News.
The officer reportedly maintained possession of the knife until earlier this year, when it was turned over and is now being tested for hair and fingerprints. In 1995, OJ Simpson was found not guilty in a criminal murder trial regarding the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Those who have seen the knife believe it could contain blood residue, but further testing is necessary to see if there’s any connection.
The former NFL player cannot be prosecuted again in the case due to double jeopardy. The LAPD has reportedly been logging all of the information regarding the investigation into the knife outside of the case file in the hope of maintaining the secrecy of the details. The item is scheduled to get tested for DNA and other biological evidence next week.
It’s noted that the OJ Simpson knife found buried at his estate only came to the attention of police after the cop who held it retired and contacted a friend in the department in search of the murder case number. He was planning to get it framed with an engraving of the number before being asked to turn it over.
Simpson, who was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is currently serving time in the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada after being found guilty in a separate case. OJ, a former NFL running back, is serving a maximum total sentence of 33 years after being convicted of 12 felonies in late 2008 for an armed robbery at a casino hotel in Nevada.
Simpson, now 68, stated the items he was attempting to retrieve were rightfully his and had been previously stolen. “I didn’t want to hurt anybody,” OJ said at the time. “I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong.”
The OJ Simpson knife found buried resurrects the prior murder case that has received renewed attention in recent months with the release of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, a show that premiered on the FX network in February. The first episode set the FX ratings record for a drama premiere.