Interest in the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial has been renewed, thanks to FX series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and now, a new piece of potential evidence has been brought to light. According to E! News, Los Angeles police confirm that a knife was recovered from the property once owned by the former football star on North Rockingham Avenue in Brentwood. It is now being tested to see if it has any connection to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, who were both found stabbed to death outside of Nicole's home in 1994. At the time of their deaths, the murder weapon was never recovered. "It is being treated as we would all evidence so it has been submitted to our lab," a police spokesperson said on Friday. "They are going to study and examine it for all forensics...and that is ongoing as we speak." Despite the fact that no one was convicted of the murders and the case remains open following O.J.'s 1995 acquittal, he can not be tried again in a criminal trial because of constitutional protections against double jeopardy.
Police were given the knife within the last month. It had been previously received by a L.A. police officer in 1998 from a construction worker who reportedly found it in the '90s — perhaps when O.J.'s home was being demolished, according to Los Angeles police Capt. Andy Neiman via CNN. That now-retired officer "held onto it until just recently"; it is unclear if the officer was still on the police force when he came into possession of the knife as well as why he held onto it for so long before turning it over to the police. "I don't know what the circumstances are, why that didn't happen or if that's entirely accurate or if this whole story is possibly bogus from the get-go," Capt. Neiman said.
The trial is definitely at the center of the zeitgeist once again. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills rookie Kathryn Edwards has her own connection to the events, as she was previously married to O.J.'s best friend, Marcus Allen. She opened up about her experience during the murder trial when she appeared on Watch What Happens Live last month.