O.J. Simpson Friend Comes Forward, Predicts Stunning Turn in 20-Year-Old Murder Case

A friend of O.J. Simpson’s says he believes that the former football star may confess to the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman when he is released from jail, according to the New York Daily News.

Ron Shipp is a former police officer who testified at Simpson’s 1995 trial, confirming the two had been friends for 26 years at that time. Attending the premiere of an ESPN documentary on Simpson’s life and stunning decline, Shipp said it was conceivable that Simpson would finally confess what most of America believes — that he committed the brutal murders of his former wife and a waiter who was returning her glasses.

“The guy is in total torment today,” Shipp said at the Los Angeles premiere. “Someone told me he is 300 pounds and he looks horrible. O.J. has always felt his appearance meant everything and now, deep down inside, he is starting to live with himself.”

“I hope one day he actually will rid us of all the doubt and all the conspiracy theories and say, ‘Sorry I cannot go to prison (because of double jeopardy laws), but I am sorry I did it,’” Shipp said.

Simpson is currently serving a sentence for an unrelated memorabilia theft in Nevada. He’ll be eligible for parole in 2017. When asked if O.J. would admit it when released from prison, Shipp answered affirmatively.

“I do,” he said. “I got a call about a conspiracy theory about Jason (Simpson’s son) being the killer and I thought, man, come on, Juice, just say ‘my son didn’t do it.’”

Shipp also said he had confused feelings about Simpson at the time of the murder trial, but not at present.

“I should have known,” he said. “I didn’t really see him at the time doing that because of my love for him. I didn’t want to believe the things I saw.”

If this is true, it would finally put to rest one of the most explosive, divisive legal cases in American legal history. We can only hope that (for once) O.J. Simpson does the right thing.

H/T CBS Sports

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