*A TMZ report claiming tests on a knife linked to O.J. Simpson failed to find any DNA that could provide insight into the former NFL star’s infamous murder case has been rejected by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The department’s rejection on Tuesday (Mar. 15) is the latest development to occur since the knife turned up after it was given to a retired police officer years ago after it was purportedly found buried on the grounds of Simpson’s former Los Angeles home, USA Today notes. The officers, who considered the knife unimportant and tossed it in a tool box, recently took the weapon out to have it framed.
The knife is notable for its possible connection to the 1994 double murder of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and friend Ronald Goldman. Billed as “the trial of the century,” Simpson’s trial and subsequent acquittal captured the attention of the nation, which stood divided over the outcome.
Nevertheless, a the weapon used in the murder was never found, despite numerous knives being tested.
On Tuesday, TMZ reported that no DNA was found on the latest knife, citing “sources close to the situation.”
“Microbes in the soil degraded any DNA to the point it was impossible to get a meaningful result,” the tabloid site stated.
TMZ’s story was shot down by LAPD Officer Jane Kim who acknowledged to USA Today that the knife is still in the process of being tested, and that results could be a week or more away.
Sticking to its report, TMZ, mentioned that, “Our inside sources say the tests have been done and no DNA was found.”