The LAPD confirmed Friday that a blood-spattered knife, reportedly found at O.J. Simpson’s estate years ago during demolition but just recently turned over to law enforcement, was being investigated by the police department, sources told TMZ.
While few details from the LAPD have emerged, TMZ reported that a construction worker found the buck folding knife at the estate years ago, possibly in 1998, and handed it to an off-duty LAPD cop he ran into on the street. The cop reportedly kept the knife in his home until he retired in January and was planning to frame it in his home.
He allegedly told an old colleague, who worked in the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, about his plan to frame the weapon when his friend told superiors at the department. The weapon is currently being investigated for possible blood-stain and hair/fingerprint traces, according to the report.
In 1995, Simpson was acquitted for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown in a widely-covered trial that was largely considered the trial of the century. A new television show, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, revisits the case in a drama that has viewers analyzing several key factors of the murder case that many believe was the one that got away.
March 4, 2016, 11:06 a.m. Eastern: This story has been updated.