How’s this for a turn up. The missing knife (and murder weapon) used in the killing of O.J. Simpson’s wife 22 years ago may have been found.
The knife, originally discovered by a construction worker was given to a retired police officer four years after the crime was committed.
NBC News has reported that retired LAPD officer George Maycott was working close to O.J. Simpson’s former estate in 2001 or 2002. It was there that an unnamed construction worker handed him the knife, claiming he had found it on the property.
Maycott contacted the police about the knife, however he was told that because Simpson had already been acquitted, nothing could be done. The former American Football hero cannot be retried for the crime.
Renewed interest in the Simpson case
For the intervening 18 years, Maycott kept the knife in a bag in his garage. However, renewed interest in the case from the recent television documentary: American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, may have prompted 70-year-old Maycott’s surrender of the knife to police.
Los Angeles police revealed on Friday, March 4, 2016, that DNA testing for linkage to the Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman homicide case is underway.
Maycott’s attorney, Trent Copeland, said no apparent blood, “only dirt and mud,” was detected on the knife.
NBC News described what was found as a “relatively inexpensive, small knife typically carried and used by construction workers, gardeners, landscapers or other laborers.”
The murder weapon’s characteristics are reportedly not consistent with the item discovered, however, investigators assert that forensics tests are being done “just in case.”
(Sources: NBC News, CNN. Photo Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images)