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OJ Simpson 'had an accomplice' in killing of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman

Mirror logo Mirror 17/03/2017 Warren Manger

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New evidence that OJ Simpson had an accomplice who helped him kill his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman, it has been claimed. 

A private investigator claims he saw the former American Football star pull up behind Nicole’s home in Los Angeles in his infamous white Ford Bronco jeep on the night she was murdered .

There were also allegedly two sets of bloody footprints at the crime scene, Ron Goldman’s blood was found on both the driver’s and passenger side of Simpson’s car, and a second car that may have belonged to an accomplice was spotted at Simpson’s home at the time of the attack.

Michael Martin. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Michael Martin. Michael Martin says he was carrying out surveillance on a neighbouring house when he saw Simpson get out of his car, put on a pair of gloves, and enter Nicole’s home through the back gate.

A second man was in the car waiting nervously for Simpson to return, he said.

He said: “I used a pair of binoculars to watch the passenger in the vehicle. He jumped from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat and continually looked back over his shoulder towards the gate.

OJ Simpson in court. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc OJ Simpson in court. “Ten minutes later OJ came out wearing dark shorts and carrying what appeared to be a bundle of clothes. He opened the passenger side door, got in, and they drove off together in the vehicle.”

Mr Martin said he kept quiet for 23 years as he feared he would be accused of the murders or the public attention would put an end to his career as a private investigator.

He finally broke his silence to speak to a team of detectives examining the cold case for a new television show Is OJ Innocent? The Missing Evidence, which starts on Quest Red on Saturday.

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Mr Martin agreed to take a lie detector test which showed he was telling the truth and said he regretted not coming forward sooner.

“I have dealt with the guilt for many years after the verdict,” he said.

OJ Simpson was arrested following a car chase and stand off with police on June 17, 1994, five days after Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were stabbed to death.

The ‘trial of the century’ lasted eight months, but the jury took just four hours to acquit him.

Several jurors admitted they thought Simpson probably did commit the murders, but the prosecution failed to prove it beyond reasonable doubt.

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A civil court later ruled he was liable for the deaths of Nicole and Ron and ordered him to pay £27.5million ($A44.25m) to their families.

But not everyone thinks OJ Simpson, who is nicknamed The Juice, did it. Alternative theories have blamed the murders on serial killers, gangs, and family members.

OJ Simpson during his trial. © Ted Soqui/Sygma via Getty Images OJ Simpson during his trial. Private Investigator William Dear spent 20 years gathering new evidence and published two books explaining why he believes OJ was covering for his son Jason Simpson, who was the real murderer.

Mr Dear asked police sergeant Derrick Levasseur and forensic psychologist Dr Kris Mohandie to examine his theory for the new documentary.

But they discounted Jason as a suspect after deciding that his timecard showed he was still at work as a chef in a restaurant when Nicole and Ron were murdered, proving his alibi.

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Derrick said: “We weren’t there to push a theory, we were there to get to the truth. We had to make sure we were really exonerating Jason if it led that way.

“I can’t imagine what it was been like for Jason living under suspicion of a crime like this for 20 years. We put together concrete proof that shows he wasn’t involved.

“My eternal hope is that Jason finds some solace in this and can say, ‘See, I didn’t do it’.”

Cuba Gooding Jr; inset, O.J. Simpson mug shot The OJ Simpson Trial: From real to reel Derrick and Kris said the new evidence suggested OJ Simpson really did get away with murder and had help from an accomplice who has never been identified.

Derrick said: “I was always under the impression that if OJ did it, he did it alone, but the new evidence creates a compelling argument that maybe there was a second person.”

Michael Martin’s witness statement places OJ and another man in the car outside Nicole’s home. There also appeared to be pairs of bloody footprints on the path.

One set matched a pair of size 12 Bruno Magli boots that OJ was photographed wearing. But who did the second set of footprints belong to?

Mr Martin’s statement would also make sense of the confusing way traces of Ron Goldman’s blood were spread throughout the Bronco.

The victim’s blood was found on the outside of both the passenger and driver’s doors, on the passenger seat, on the steering wheel, the pedals, and the driver’s armrest.

If OJ Simpson got into the passenger side after the attack as Mr Martin said, that would explain how the blood ended up on the passenger door and seat.

OJ Simpson. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc OJ Simpson.

If he then dropped off his accomplice and climbed across into the driver’s seat to drive home, then smeared blood on the driver’s door while leaving the vehicle, that would explain the other traces.

Derrick said: “That new evidence was extremely important. If OJ was alone he could have just thrown his clothes everywhere, spreading blood around the car, but the more obvious explanation is that there was a second person in the vehicle.”

That would all fit with Simpson’s hypothetical account of the murders If I Did It, which he published in 2007. Many view it as his thinly veiled confession.

Limousine driver Allan Park, who was due to drive OJ Simpson to the airport on the night of the murders and his evidence formed a key part of the original trial.

OJ Simpson. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc OJ Simpson.

Mr Park said his view of the road was blocked by a car on the kerb that was not there when he arrived, though he didn’t notice the make.

The investigators believe that was Simpson’s Bronco he had just parked there. They suspect the accomplice then returned to collect his car from the driveway after Mr Park and OJ left.

Kris said: “It is intriguing to know that there is somebody out there who knows something but that for whatever reason – loyalty to OJ, fear, whatever – has not come forward.

“I don’t think that person necessarily knew what was going to happen. They were along for the ride and it just went down.

"They got themselves caught up in this, but at some point they become an accessory to the crime from a legal standpoint because they never came forward.

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