After nearly a month of testing, the Los Angeles Police Department has determined that the knife found at the former estate of O.J. Simpson is not connected to the 1994 homicide of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
“We have confirmed, we have determined, there is no nexus,” Police Captain Andy Neiman said Friday.
LAPD detectives found no blood or DNA evidence linking the weapon discovered years ago to the Simpson case. The knife’s 5-inch fixed-blade also didn’t match the cuts on both of the victims’ bodies. The Los Angeles County Coroner, who provided his testimony during the “Trial of the Century,” testified that he believed the wounds to have been caused by a 6-inch blade.
The knife was found during a tear-down of Simpson’s former Brentwood home in 1998. A construction worker gave the knife to George Maycott, a retired police officer who was working on a film set at the time, but it only surfaced last month. According to Maycott’s lawyer, he tried to turn the knife over to the police department a few years later but when he saw no interest on their behalf, he put the knife in a toolbox where it stayed for more than a decade.
“American Crime Story” saw a huge ratings spike just days after the LAPD announced they were examining the knife.
“The People v. O.J. Simpson” stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, Kenneth Choi as Judge Lance Ito and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian.
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The season finale of “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” titled “The Verdict,” airs Tuesday, April 5.