LAPD explains possibility of being charged again

By Elaine Aradillas
Updated March 05, 2016 10:00 AM
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The recent discovery of a knife allegedly found on O.J. Simpson’s property has brought up multiple questions, including whether Simpson could be charged with murder if there’s new evidence.

“Double jeopardy would be in place here,” Los Angeles Police Department’s Captain Andrew Neiman said during a press conference on Friday. “We could not charge Mr. Simpson with the homicides because he has been acquitted.”

In 1994, Simpson was charged and acquitted for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

A murder weapon was never discovered. Within the last month, a retired police officer gave LAPD a knife that was allegedly recovered from Simpson’s Rockingham property in 1998 when it was being demolished. Neiman says the knife is being handled by robbery homicide investigators.

“It is being treated as we would all evidence,” he said. “It has been submitted to our lab. They are going to study it and examine if for all forensics, including serology and DNA and hair samples.”

Neiman says the retired officer’s name will not be released and will not face departmental sanctions since he s retired, but officials “certainly will look into any potentiality of criminal charges.”

Still, it’s puzzling why an officer would allegedly keep evidence from a high-profile case.

“It’s my understanding that he believed the case was closed,” Neiman said. “He might have had that misunderstanding.”