Knife Found At O.J. Simpson's Former Estate Not Connected To Murders, Says LAPD
Just as we suspected: the LAPD says the knife reportedly found at the former Brentwood estate of O.J. Simpson is not connected to the murder case.On Friday, the department announced that after running a series of forensic tests on the rusty knife, said to have been found in 2003, they concluded that it was not connected to the murder of Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The police examined the knife for blood, fingerprints and DNA, and compared it to wounds found on the bodies of Brown Simpson and Goldman.
"That is not the knife," an LAPD source told the L.A. Times. "There is no evidence related to the crime."
For starters, the coroner testified during the so-called Trial of the Century that the weapon used in the crime was at least 6-and-a-half inches. The knife in question was only 5 inches.
NBC News reports that no blood was found on the knife, and that it is similar to those used by contractors or gardeners.
The knife was in the possession of former LAPD officer George Maycott, who retired in 1998. In 2003, he was working security on the set of a movie in Brentwood, just down the street from Simpson's Rockingham estate. A construction worker, who was part of the crew tearing down the estate, handed Maycott the knife.
According to his lawyer, Maycott contacted the LAPD about the knife, but was told they were not interested because the case was over. Simpson cannot be retried due to double jeopardy. ABC News says Maycott kept it in his toolbox until it was taken into custody by the LAPD in February.