BOSTON (CBS/AP) – One of O.J. Simpson’s attorneys from the “Trial of the Century” said he’s “terribly skeptical” about a knife purportedly found years ago at Simpson’s former home.
Simpson was acquitted of murder charges in the 1994 stabbings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in Los Angeles.READ MORE: Red Line Train Derails At Broadway MBTA Station
But a murder weapon has never been found.
On Friday, after a report surfaced on TMZ, Los Angeles Police announced that a knife that was allegedly found buried on Simpson’s property will undergo a series of tests for DNA evidence.
F. Lee Bailey, one of Simpson’s “Dream Team” attorneys during the trial, said Friday he knows very little about the discovery and it’s too early to draw any conclusions.
“People are all excited because they would like to relate the knife to the case. Frankly, it wouldn’t have any legal consequences if it were tied in, but I have grave doubts that it can be,” he told WBZ-TV in a phone interview.
Simpson was found not guilty in 1995 and cannot be tried for the same crime a second time under the double jeopardy clause of the U.S. Constitution.
“If it was in fact a knife germane to the Simpson killing, then I would say it was put on the property by the same guy who put the glove there,” Bailey told WBZ.READ MORE: Andrea Campbell Seeking Commitments Before Endorsing Mayoral Candidate
He is referring to former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman who claims he found a bloody glove on Simpson’s property after the murders.
“But if (Furhrman) had done that, I’m sure he would have found (this knife), when he pretended to find the glove,” Bailey alleged Friday.
Simpson’s defense team had claimed at the trial that Fuhrman had planted the glove to frame Simpson.
“I can’t make any sense out of it yet,” Bailey said about Friday’s news.
“I don’t find this exciting at all. I was in charge of the prep of the case and we scoured those premises and a construction worker that says he happened upon a knife years ago had better start taking a polygraph test, same with the cop who says he got it from the guy.”
The knife is being analyzed by an LAPD crime lab. Police Capt. Andy Neiman said investigators didn’t know the identity of the person who handed the knife over to a police officer years ago. They now want that mystery person to come forward.
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