OJ SIMPSON MURDER CASE DETECTIVE DEAD

Published on: January 24, 2012
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OJ SIMPSON MURDER CASE DETECTIVE DEAD

The sleuth who lead the LAPD in its murder case against OJ SIMPSON has died at 70.   

Det. Philip Vannatter, died January 20 in a Santa Clarita hospital following a bout with cancer. 

The 28-year law enforcement veteran was quick to the Brentwood, California mansion Simpson once inhabited following the June 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, and later testified in the trial.

After Simpson was found not guilty, Vannatter told reporters, “Obviously, we’re disgusted about what happened."

Vannatter also served in the high-profile underage sex investigation of Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski in 1977, which led to the filmmaker leaving the country, having never returned, RadarOnline.com reported.

Vannatter retired in 1995, having worked 250 murder cases, his brother Joe said.

Vannatter is survived by his wife, his daughter and a son.