LAPD Confirms Knife Found on O.J. Simpson Property Not Murder Weapon from 1994

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 1, 2016

FILE - In this May 14, 2013, file photo, O.J. Simpson appears at an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. A lawyer for Simpson says the imprisoned former football star isn't happy with ads and interviews about a cable TV series focusing on his 1995 murder acquittal in Los Angeles, but he's not upset about the way he's depicted. (Ethan Miller via AP, Pool)
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The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that a knife found on property previously owned by O.J. Simpson is not connected to the 1994 murder case of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. 

ABC 7 News in San Francisco reported the LAPD's announcement.

The confirmation was expected, as ABC 7 News reported on March 4 that preliminary information obtained about the knife indicated it was not the murder weapon in the case.

LAPD Captain Andrew Neiman told ABC 7 News in March that the police were made aware of the knife "within the last month" after it "was allegedly recovered by a citizen at the property possibly around the time the site was demolished, which was in 1998."

Per ABC 7 News, retired officer George Maycott, who was given the knife by a civilian, called the West Los Angeles Police Department "to tell them he was handed a knife," according to his attorney, Trent Copeland. 

Neiman told ABC 7 News last month that he wasn't sure what to make of the knife's discovery and what it might mean for the case:

I was really surprised. I would think that an LAPD officer - if this story is accurate as we're being told - would know that any time you come into contact with evidence that you should and shall submit that to investigators. I don't know what the circumstances are or why that didn't happen or if that's entirely accurate or if this whole story is possibly bogus from the get-go.

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Simpson, whose double-murder trial has been brought back into public consciousness thanks to the television series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, was acquitted by a jury in October 1995. 

The 1968 Heisman Trophy winner, who has had various legal problems in the years since the trial ended, is serving a 33-year prison sentence in Nevada for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping. Simpson is eligible for parole in 2017.


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