A knife found on land where O.J. Simpson once lived appears to be inconsistent with the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, multiple law-enforcement sources told NBC News.
What many hoped to be the “murder weapon” in the heinous 1994 double homicide apparently had only dirt and mud on it, according to tests.
The knife, found by a construction worker in 2001—seven years after the grisly crime—was given to retired Los Angeles Police Officer George Maycott while Maycott was working off-duty near the former Simpson estate.
NBC News reports that the weapon is a small, inexpensive knife typically used by construction workers, gardeners or landscapers.
According to sources, that knife was not consistent with the weapon used in the Brown and Goldman murders; nor does it appear to have been buried for a length of time that would put it in the time frame of the slayings.
Maycott, 70, now retired from the police force, says that he called police and told them about the knife but was allegedly told that Simpson could never be charged in the crime because of double jeopardy. Through his attorney, Maycott says that he held on to the knife in a bag in his garage for years and turned it over in January.
Many find it interesting that this evidence turned up this week, since the nine-part series The People v. O.J. Simpson is now on television and sparking renewed interest in the case.
The Goldman family said in a statement Friday that any discussion of the knife possibly being involved in the murders is “purely speculative” until police complete their tests.
Simpson is currently serving a nine- to 33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping charges.
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