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It’s been 22 years since the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and now, there may be brand new evidence in the case all thanks to a construction worker who found a knife buried on O.J. Simpson’s former estate.

TMZ first broke the story; a construction worker found a folding buck knife “years ago” during what appears to be the demolishment of Simpson’s Rokingham estate. Apparently, the worker took the knife to an off duty cop who was across the street at the time, but instead of turning the possible piece of evidence in, the traffic division officer kept it.

However, everything came to light just over a month ago when the newly retired officer contacted a friend who worked in LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) and told him about the knife. The former officer explained he wanted to frame the weapon and that he wanted the case number for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Instead of assisting the retiree, the friend took the story to his superiors, whom insisted the former officer turn the knife in.

Investigators are treating the case very delicately and is keeping it top secret. A source tells TMZ that it’s possible the knife did have blood residue on it, but it’s extremely rusted and stained.  The blade is now being tested for hair and fingerprints and will be tested for DNA and other biological evidence later this week.

If the possible weapon does point back to Simpson, who was acquitted of his ex-wife’s murder in 1995, he most likely will not be prosecuted because of double-jeopardy laws.

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