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LA police testing knife found at home of OJ Simpson

An LAPD officer today expressed disbelief that the item had not surfaced before now.

OJ Simpson in 2013
OJ Simpson in 2013
Image: AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, Pool, File

POLICE IN LOS Angeles have announced that they are testing a knife found at the home of OJ Simpson.

The former American football player and actor was accused of the murdering his wife Nicole Brown Smith in June 1994.

He was later acquitted after a high-profile televised trial daubed the ‘Trial of the Century’.

At a press conference today, police confirmed that a knife that had been found at his home and was being tested for DNA and hair samples.

The Los Angeles Police Department said that they had come upon it after a construction worker gave it to an off-duty police officer sometime after the case had concluded.

Believing that the case was closed, he held on to it during the intervening period.

It is not possible for Simpson to be prosecuted again in relation to the case.

Speaking today, Captain Andrew Neiman of the LAPD said that he was really surprised that any officer would not immediately turn in evidence. 

“I would think that any LAPD officer would know that any time you come into contact with evidence you should and shall submit that to investigators,” he said.

Simpson is currently being held in a Nevada prison for a 2007 armed robbery.

Read: The doctor who inspired Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ movie is convinced OJ Simpson has a brain disease

Also: 20 years ago today, the world stood still to hear two words: ‘Not guilty’

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