8:00pm PT by Ryan Parker
'Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence': Series Expert Immediately Points to Another Suspect
An expert in the new true crime program about the slayings of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman wasted no time with a theory that pointed to another suspect in the first episode of Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence, a six-part series on Investigation Discovery.
Narrated by Martin Sheen, two episodes, "New Evidence" and "Follow the Blood," premiered Sunday with reexaminations of evidence from law enforcement experts and a seasoned private investigator concerning just what happened June 12, 1994.
O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the double homicide on Oct. 3, 1995. Interest in the case has been renewed through recent series, such as FX's The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, ESPN's OJ: Made in America and now Is O.J. Innocent?
In the Investigation Discovery series — which includes interviews with the Brown and Goldman families, and never-before-seen evidence photos — LAPD forensic psychologist Kris Mohandie, Rhode Island police Sgt. Derrick Levasseur and Dallas-based private investigator William Dear, work the case.
Dear, author of O.J. Is Innocent and I Can Prove It, says he believes the actual killer was O.J.'s son, Jason. In addition, he tells the others that he believes, through acquiring a storage locker allegedly belonging to Jason, he may even have the murder weapon. Dear also points to a hat Jason is photographed wearing which is similar to one police found at the crime scene.
"I was genuinely surprised with the (Jason) theory, but I am going to approach everything objectively so I can find out the truth," Levasseur notes.
The Investigation Discovery series states numerous times throughout that the theories of the investigators are strictly their own. "We encourage viewers to reach their own conclusions," Sheen says during the program. This aspect is notable since Burke Ramsey filed a $750 million lawsuit against CBS for its docuseries in which he was theorized to have killed his younger sister, JonBenet, more than two decades ago.
Kevin Bennett, general manager of Investigation Discovery, addressed his network's precautions with The Hollywood Reporter.
"We are always looking to bring balanced storytelling to all of the shows we do," Bennett said. "So we were taking every precaution as soon as we began work on this series."
He continued, "Whenever we deal with a case like this, we have to be very cautious about not trying someone on television. The reality is, we used the theory in Bill Dear's book as a jumping off point. But what we are doing with this series is investigating this murder case on many angles, a multitude of directions. We're trying to find every available strain and look at theories that weren't presented in the defenses' case or in the prosecution's case in the original trial of O.J. Simpson."
The series notes that attempts were made, unsuccessfully, to reach Jason for comment.
In the second episode Sunday, "Follow the Blood," the experts reexamined photos from the crime scene to determine if more than one perpetrator may have been present. The renowned forensic scientist Henry Lee, who worked the original case and testified during O.J.'s trial, joins the conversation.
He notes the crime scene was "not secured too well," which led to a lot of "red flags" in the evidence.
"The physical evidence suggests there could be a second person," Lee tells the others concerning one theory.
Retired LAPD detective Tom Lange, who worked the case and was the officer on the phone with O.J. during the infamous Bronco chase, refutes the theory of multiple perpetrators, saying there was only one set of footprints.
Lange joined the series experts to discuss evidence found in O.J.'s Bronco, with the team using an identical car to go over theories.
The Investigation Discovery series continues Monday with the episodes "Person of Interest" and "About the Alibi," and concludes Tuesday with "The Charlie Theory" and "What Really Happened."