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Report: O.J. Simpson friend hopes he'll confess

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NEW YORK -- A former police officer who testified during O.J. Simpson's murder trial that he had been the football player's friend for decades said he hopes Simpson will someday confess to the two murders he was found not guilty of committing, reports the New York Daily News.

Ron Shipp told the newspaper that Simpson "is in total torment today."

"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 said at the Los Angeles premiere of ESPN's "O.J. Simpson: Made in America" docu-series.

Simpson's 1995 trial for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman captivated the nation and remains divisive more than two decades after a jury found the former running back and actor not guilty.

In 2008, Simpson was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges in relation to a dispute over memorabilia, and sentenced to between nine and 33 years in a Nevada prison.

Shipp told the Daily News that he believes Simpson will confess after he's released from prison.

"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 told the paper.

Simpson's trial recently regained the spotlight, after being featured in the FX television show "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson."

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