The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that the knife found on O.J. Simpson's former estate last month has no connection to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The knife was given to police by a retired officer who had kept it in his possession for over a decade after a construction worker found the weapon on the property in 1998.
"#LAPD has determined knife has no nexus to Simpson/Goldman murder investigation," the official LAPD news Twitter feed announced on Friday. "The investigation remains open." According to The Wrap, the knife was found to be too small to have caused the deep wounds on the deceased.
TMZ reported earlier that no DNA could be obtained from the knife since it underwent a degradation process as a result of being buried under soil. However, the Los Angeles Times says that numerous other forensic tests were performed before the LAPD confirmed the knife had no connection to the murders that put Simpson in the center of "the trial of the century."
While the knife, along with the critically acclaimed FX series American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson, have put the infamous former NFL quarterback in the forefront of everyone's mind, DNA or any other evidence would unlikely change outcome of the trial. Simpson was already found not guilty and cannot be tried again for the same crime under the United States' double jeopardy laws.