LAPD: Knife allegedly found on former O.J. Simpson property; held by officer for years

The LAPD has recovered a knife believed to have been found on O.J. Simpson's former property, and held by a now-retired police officer for several years.

See Full Article

Police say a construction worker claimed he recovered the knife from Simpson's property at the time the home was being demolished, and handed it over to an off-duty traffic officer who was working on a movie shoot in the area. The officer, who may have been retired at the time, did not report the discovery and kept the knife for himself, police said.

The officer, who is believed to have retired some time in the late 1990s, turned the knife in sometime in the last month. It’s unclear when the item came into his possession.

Capt. Andrew Neiman, of the LAPD's media relations section, said he was "shocked" to learn of the discovery, and the length of time it went unreported. He said an officer "would know that any time you come into contact with evidence, that you should submit that to investigators."

Investigators learned of the item and recently recovered it from the former officer, Neiman said. Police are now exploring the possibility of charges.

Simpson was acquitted of two murder charges in a highly publicized trial in 1995, for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. The two were found stabbed to death outside Brown's residence on June 13, 1994.

Investigators were not able to positively identify the murder weapon at Simpson's criminal trial.

Neiman said the knife is being treated as evidence in the case, and is undergoing forensic testing. He added that the case remains open, as no killer has been identified. However, Simpson will likely not face the same murder charges again, as it would be considered double jeopardy, Neiman understood.

Police did not indicate the size or make of the knife, saying only that it is "not a machete."

Simpson is currently serving time behind bars for a botched hotel room heist in 2007, and is not eligible for parole until next year.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Prince William on his final shift as air ambulance pilot

    World News CTV News
    LONDON -- Prince William is completing his final shift in his job as an air ambulance pilot as he gets ready to take on more extensive royal duties. The heir to the British throne is working the night shift Thursday at the East Anglian Air Ambulance, where he has been flying medical crews to emergencies such as traffic accidents for about two years. Source
  • Cops seeking owner of 77-pound tortoise found on road

    World News Toronto Sun
    MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — Police on Long Island are looking for the owner of a 77-pound tortoise found on the side of a road. Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/2u1voB3 ) Nassau County police found the large African spurred tortoise in the Massapequa area. Source
  • Edmonton's K-Days fair closes Fire Ball ride after fatal accident in Ohio

    Canada News CTV News
    A popular midway ride called the "Fire Ball” has been closed “until further notice” at Edmonton’s annual K-Days fair this week after a man was killed on the same ride in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday. Source
  • Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress, with one camp standing squarely behind the commander in chief and the other decrying his order as an ugly attack on dedicated troops. Source
  • Fake Facebook accounts used to spy on Macron's election campaign, sources say

    World News CBC News
    Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on French President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign earlier this year by creating fake Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former financier as he sought to defeat far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and other opponents in the two-round election, the sources…
  • Women accused of poisoning Kim Jong Nam plead not guilty

    World News Toronto Sun
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Two women accused of poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea’s ruler in a bizarre airport assassination are expected to plead not guilty when they appear in a Malaysian court on Friday, their lawyers said. Source
  • Inmate who escaped notorious Rikers Island caught seven hours later

    World News Toronto Sun
    NEW YORK — Guess there's really no escaping Rikers Island afterall. Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a section of New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has been found on the island. The inmate was captured around 3 a.m. Source
  • Michelle Obama discusses emotional scars from critics

    World News CTV News
    DENVER - Michelle Obama says breaking the glass ceiling in becoming the first black first lady left a few lasting emotional scars. Obama spoke at an event for the Women's Foundation of Colorado in Denver on Wednesday night. Source
  • Woman pleads guilty in slaying of another woman outside Vancouver nightclub [Photos]

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    VANCOUVER - A young woman who was charged in connection with the fatal attack of another woman outside a downtown Vancouver nightclub last year has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. During a brief appearance in Vancouver Provincial Court Wednesday, Samantha Nadine Doolan, 30, entered her plea in relation to the slaying of Lauren Lindsay McLellan, 28, near the Caprice Nightclub in the Granville entertainment district. Source
  • Video: Horrifying moment State Fair ride breaks apart, killing one and leaving seven more injured

    World News Toronto Sun
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, hurling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others. Source