LOS ANGELES (KRON) — A knife was found buried at O.J. Simpson’s old property in Brentwood. The knife was discovered years ago, but has just recently come to light.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed in a press conference Friday morning that the knife was found on Simpson’s estate is being tested by authorities. Watch the full press conference in the video above.
A construction worker found the knife on the perimeter of the property then gave it to an off-duty police officer who never turned it in. Instead, he brought it home to keep because he believed the case was closed, according to LAPD.
The house on the property was demolished in 1998. It is unclear when the knife was found.
This past January, the officer retired from LAPD and told his friend who works for LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division about the knife. He told his friend he wanted to frame the knife, TMZ reported. His friend then told his supervisors who were outraged and demanded the retired cop turn the knife over to authorities.
LAPD is now investigating the knife to find out if it is connected to the 1994 murders of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
TMZ reports that cops who eyeballed the knife think it could have blood residue on it, but it’s hard to know without testing because it’s extremely rusted and stained.
Since Simpson was found not guilty the case is still open. Police can continue to investigate, but Simpson cannot be prosecuted again due to double jeopardy laws.
The murder weapon was never recovered during the case.