The knife that was found at O.J. Simpson’s former estate is not connected to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed to TheWrap.
“#LAPD has determined knife has no nexus to Simpson/Goldman murder investigation. The investigation remains open,” the LAPD also tweeted Friday.
The knife that was discovered was believed to be too small to make the deep wounds suffered by Simpson’s ex-wife and Goldman. According to the Los Angeles Times, the police department performed numerous forensic tests before they came to their conclusion.
Earlier this month, reports surfaced that the knife was not connected to the murders with sources within the LAPD expressing doubt that the weapon was used in the 1994 crime.
A construction worker is said to have found the knife buried at O.J.’s Rockingham residence in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood, California, several years ago. He subsequently turned it over to an off-duty police officer who happened to be nearby, but rather than handing it in, the officer kept it.
The officer, since retired, planned to frame the knife and reached out to a friend at the LAPD for the case number of the Simpson-Goldman murder investigation because he wanted to have it engraved on the frame. His friend alerted higher-ranking LAPD officers, who demanded the knife be turned over as evidence.
Simpson was tried and acquitted of the double homicide in 1995. His case has returned to the public eye this year in the wake of the FX miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”