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Knife Found Near O.J.’s Old Home

May 1, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A construction crew found a folding-blade knife in O.J. Simpson’s former neighborhood, but police said the knife cannot be linked to the killings of his ex-wife and her friend.

``The evidence that we have is basically that there is no detectable evidence to show that this knife was related to any particular crime whatsoever,″ said Lt. Anthony Alba, a Police Department spokesman.

The latest knife was found encased in mud April 24 by a residential construction crew in the area of Rockingham Estates, a small section of Brentwood that includes Simpson’s former house on Rockingham Avenue. The precise location wasn’t disclosed.

Former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman and then-partner Brad Roberts said they saw an empty Swiss Army knife box in Simpson’s bathroom while they were investigating the killings.

Detectives Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter, who also investigated the case, said they never saw a Swiss Army knife box.

On Thursday, Fuhrman told listeners of his weekly radio show on KXLY-AM in Spokane, Wash., there was a ``high probability″ that the knife found was the weapon used in the murders _ ``unless they can explain it some other way.″

He said he believes the murder weapon was a lockback Swiss Army knife with a serrated blade, which he said was the type that was excavated. Alba said he didn’t know if the newly found folding knife was a Swiss Army type.

Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were knifed to death on June 12, 1994. Jurors in a criminal trial acquitted Simpson of murder charges in 1995, but jurors in a civil wrongful death trial last year held him liable and ordered him to pay $33.5 million in damages.

The weapon used in the killings was never found.

Several knives have been found in Simpson’s former neighborhood over the past few years, but technicians couldn’t find any blood, hair or any other evidence to link them to any crime, Alba said.

Fuhrman said a lack of evidence wouldn’t be surprising, given the passage of time. He stressed he didn’t know how deeply the knife was buried.

Simpson moved from Brentwood last year; the home was sold at a foreclosure auction.

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