Citing law enforcement sources, NBC is reporting that a utility-style knife apparently recovered from O.J. Simpson’s former house is inconsistent with the weapon used in the 1994 stabbings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, in which Simpson was acquitted of murder charges.
The sources described the knife as a relatively inexpensive, smaller-bladed utility knife typically carried by construction workers, gardeners and other laborers, NBC reported.
The murder weapon had not been recovered at the time of his sensational trial. A medical examiner testified for the prosecution at the time that Brown Simpson and Goldman were likely slain with a single-bladed, six-inch knife.
The utility knife was supposedly found by a citizen, possibly during demolition of the home years ago, and turned over to a now retired police motorcycle officer who was working as a filming location security guard, police Capt. Andy Neiman said.
The knife came to light in the last month, but Neiman did not say how that occurred and declined to elaborate on the timeline of when the knife was recovered. He stressed that the authenticity of the story was not confirmed.
“Maybe the story is bogus from the get-go,” he said.
He declined to name the retired police officer or to say why the knife had been given to police only in the past two months.
“I would think that an LAPD officer, if this story is accurate as we are being told, would know that any time you come into contact with evidence that you should and shall submit that to investigators,” Neiman said. “I was quite shocked.”
Police are looking into whether criminal charges could be filed against the officer who held onto the knife, Neiman said, adding that any officer who comes into contact with evidence is required to turn it over to investigators in all circumstances.
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