Police test knife 'found at Simpson's former home'

LOS ANGELES • Police in Los Angeles say they are testing a knife allegedly found at the former home of O. J. Simpson, whose "trial of the century" transfixed Americans two decades ago.

The robbery-homicide division will determine whether the knife has any connection with the 1994 stabbing murders of Simpson's former wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman, LAPD spokesman Andrew Neiman told a news conference last Friday.

The knife was turned over to a police officer several years ago by a construction worker at the former football star's residence, he added.

"Within the last month, LAPD became aware of an item that was allegedly recovered by a citizen... We need to vet that. We still don't know if that's an accurate account of how this item came into our possession," Mr Neiman said.

He refused to comment on what kind of knife was found, saying that its description "could be germane to determining whether or not this actual piece of evidence is, in fact, evidence or it's just a facsimile or made-up story".

Mr Goldman's father and sister, Fred and Kim, said in a statement that until the investigation was completed, the knife's relevance remained "purely speculative".

Simpson, 68, had one of the highest-profile trials in US legal history for allegedly murdering Ms Brown and Mr Goldman on June 13, 1994.

Detained four days later, after an infamous car chase that viewers across the country watched live on television, he was acquitted the following year in a trial that riveted millions of Americans.

A civil trial two years later found him responsible for the killings. He was ordered to pay the victims' families US$33.5 million (S$46 million).

Simpson was jailed in 2007 for up to 33 years for an armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas, and remains behind bars.

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