Former police officer went to get knife, which was reportedly recovered by construction worker in late 1990 s, framed last month, LA police department said
The police department announced on Friday that the knife, which surfaced last month, was unrelated to the killing of Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goodman.
The announcement followed weeks of speculation that the blade, described as a small buck knife, might represent a significant break in a case which captivated America two decades ago.
The former football and movie star was tried for the murders and acquitted in 1995 after a televised trial which became a flashpoint for race relations.
The LAPD revealed in early March that it was investigating the knife, which is said to have been discovered by a construction worker at the now-demolished house once owned by OJ Simpson, and then handed to a police officer working on a movie set in the late 1990 s.
The officer, who is now retired, appears to have maintained the knife ever since as a memento. He said he was working off obligation for a movie crew across the road from Simpsons former Rockingham property when he was given the knife by the worker. Simpsons estate was demolished in 1998.
Police preoccupied for years over finding the knife used to kill Simpsons ex-wife and Goldman. Detectives are now testing this knife to ensure where it may have come from, Captain Andrew Neiman told, and the inquiry is still in its early stages.
Neiman told a press conference last month that the knife had been sent to the LAPDs laboratory to be tested for forensic evidence including bodily fluids, hair samples and DNA.
Simpson is currently serving a 33 -year prison sentence at the Lovelock correctional centre in Nevada for a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas. He was granted limited parole in July 2013, and is currently set to be released in 2017.
The existence of the knife was first reported by celebrity news website TMZ, which reported that it came to lighting after the retired officer wanted to get it framed.
Although acquitted in the criminal trial, which attracted an estimated 100 million viewers, Simpson was later observed liable for the deaths in a civil suit.
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