Police offer testimony in Pistorius case
PRETORIA, South Africa – The detective leading the police investigation into Oscar Pistorius’ fatal shooting of his girlfriend offered confusing testimony Wednesday, at one point agreeing with the athlete’s defense that officers had no evidence challenging the runner’s claim he accidentally killed her.
Testimony by Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha of the South African Police Service left prosecutors rubbing their temples, only able to look down at their notes as he misjudged distances and acknowledged a forensics team left in the toilet bowl one of the bullet slugs fired at Reeva Steenkamp.
However, Botha still poked holes in Pistorius’ own account that he feared for
his life and opened fire on Valentine’s Day after mistaking Steenkamp for an intruder.
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