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Thursday, February 21, 2013

South Africa names new head in Pistorius' murder investigation; previous investigator faces reinstated attempted murder charges

Prosecutors reinstated attempted murder charges against a policeman leading the murder investigation into Olympian Oscar Pistorius, in the latest twist in a case that threatens to bring down an athlete who was once an icon in South Africa.

The announcement that detective Hilton Botha faces reinstated charges in connection with a 2011 shooting incident came a day after he testified for the prosecution in Pistorius' bail hearing, and by all accounts bungled his appearance. He acknowledged Wednesday that nothing in Pistorius' account of the fatal Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend contradicted what police had discovered.

The spokeswoman for the nation's prosecutors urged that Botha be removed from the Pistorius case.

Pistorius, an Olympian whose lower legs were amputated when he was less than a year old, claims he mistook girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot her in a locked bathroom in his home. More

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