New test results from police reveal that a knife found on the former estate of O.J. Simpson in February is not a murder weapon in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
News broke in February that the Los Angeles Police Department came into contact with a man who dug up a knife on the former estate in 2003. Former LAPD officer George Maycott obtained the knife from a contractor working on the estate. According to Atlanta Black Star, the officer kept it for more than a decade before it was turned over to police and tested.
Forensic investigators conducted various DNA tests on the blade showing that there was no real connection between the weapon and Simpson.
The test results also reinforces a hunch by LAPD Captain Andrew Neiman, who said earlier this month it was possible “the whole story is bogus from the get-go.”
“We don’t know if it’s a hoax, but there’s no nexus to the murders, based on the testing we’ve done,” Neiman told Reuters.
The controversial murder case, often called the “Trial of the Century,” has been dramatized in the hit FX show The People v. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story.
During the 1994 case, many racial issues of the early years of the decade were coming to a head. The case and murder brought out the city’s racial injustices again after the 1991 Rodney King case. The extreme police brutality and excessive policing in Black communities was one of the main issues at play. Black Los Angeles residents supported O.J. because they felt the system was unjust to begin with.
Since the murder in 1994, investigators have been searching for the murder weapon, but there have been no steady leads for nearly two decades.