Former LAPD officer Ron Shipp spoke to the New York Daily News at the Los Angeles premiere of the upcoming ESPN documentary OJ Simpson: Made in America Thursday and said: “The guy is in total torment today... 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, who testified in Simpson’s 1995 murder trial, dubbed “The Trial of the Century,” believes once the former Heisman Trophy winner is released from a Nevada jail, where he is serving time for an unrelated robbery conviction, he will tell the truth.
Simpson could be released as early as next year.
“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,” Shipp told the Daily News.
The former cop did admit at the premiere that he originally had mixed emotions about Simpson during the 1995 trial.
“I should have known," he said at the premiere. "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."
When Shipp took the stand during the murder trial, he said that the death of his ex-wife had crossed his mind before.
Shipp testified: "[Simpson] jokingly said, 'To be honest, Shipp, I've had some dreams about killing her.'"
Also during his testimony, he spoke about the tumultuous relationship between the former football great and his wife.