LOS ANGELES – A law enforcement official says the knife reportedly found at O.J. Simpson’s former estate likely isn’t connected to the killings of Simpson’s ex-wife and her friend, but it will take at least three weeks to know for sure.
The official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that Los Angeles police detectives doubt the knife was used in the 1994 killings.
The official says the knife is common among gardeners and is too small to make the wounds that killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The official is not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation and spoke only on condition of anonmity.
Police Capt. Andy Neiman said Wednesday that investigators examining the knife don’t expect results for at least three weeks.
The department’s crime lab is looking for DNA or other material.
Law enforcement sources say the knife was reportedly found years ago buried in the perimeter of Simpson’s former estate. The house was demolished in 1998, but reports vary as to when the knife was actually found by a construction worker.
Either way, the worker took the folding buck knife to an off-duty cop who was working security nearby and the officer took it home — and kept it until just a couple of months ago.
Reportedly, after the police officer retired from the LAPD, he told a friend at the Robbery Homicide Division in January 2015 that he was going to have the knife framed and put on his wall, and he wanted his friend to find out the departmental record number for the Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman murder case, which he planned to engrave on the frame.
The friend told his superiors and they demanded the cop turn the knife over, which he then did.
The case is being kept top secret. It was reportedly logged into the LAPD’s computer system outside the official case file to avoid security leaks.
The case is still open with the LAPD, because no one was ever convicted of the crimes. However, if the knife is found to have Nicole Brown Simpson’s or Ronald Goldman’s DNA on it, that doesn’t mean a new trial for O.J.
He was already found not guilty for the charges and retrying him would constitute double jeopardy.