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Oscar Pistorius

Chief Investigator Facing

Attempted Murder Charges

2/21/2013 6:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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7:55 AM PT -- Botha is out. Officials in South Africa have appointed a NEW lead investigator in Oscar Pistorius' case.

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The Oscar Pistorius case took a dramatic turn Thursday with shades of the O.J. Simpson case ... with a shocking revelation -- the lead investigator is facing attempted murder charges.

Detective Hilton Botha -- who laid out the prosecution's case earlier in the week -- allegedly shot at a minibus in 2011 and criminal charges were filed but dropped due to a lack of evidence.  But then -- 10 days before Reeva Steenkamp was killed -- authorities found new evidence and reinstated the attempted murder charges.

Now the South African prosecutor's association is urging that Botha be booted from the Pistorius case.

Botha -- who is turning out to be the Mark Fuhrman of the case (if you're under 30, Google it) -- did a lousy job under cross-examination by Pistorius' lawyers and that could create problems for the prosecution.

Meanwhile -- the judge asked Pistorius' lawyer a bizarre question which has shades of celebrity justice -- "Do you think there will be some level of shock if the accused is released [on bail]?"  The defense fired back, "I think there will be a level of shock in this country if he is not released."

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16.

Me Too    

And here we have the first crack in the prosecution that leads to him being found not guilty. OJ Simpson would be proud.

575 days ago
17.

STFUP    

So TMZ, why no story on how Loserhan took a pair of scissors the BORROWED $1,750 gown she wore to that amFAR event on the 6th?
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And she only got into that event in the first place as paid-for 'arm candy' for some Shiek from Dubai.
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Such a piece of trash - and now a hooker for shieks.

575 days ago
18.

Dan    

Poor lil' Tink-Tink, ain't dat a bitch!!

575 days ago
19.

VickyGray22    

uptil I looked at the draft four $9210, I did not believe that my mother in law actually taking home money part time on there computar.. there friends cousin has been doing this for under 6 months and just now cleared the debts on their condo and got a great new GMC. this is where I went, Big44.com

575 days ago
20.

Truth    

BLADDER EMPTY DOESNT MEAN ****. SHE COULD'VE URINATED AN HOUR B4 AND BLADDER STILL EMPTY. LIKE, ALCOHOL GOES THRU ONE'S SYSTEM BETWEEN 6-8 HRS AFTER THE FACT. SO IF THEY TEST YOUR BLOOD AFTER THE FACT AND IT COMES CLEAN IT DOESNT MEAN 8 HRS PRIOR YOU WERENT TOXED UP AND KILLED 2 PEEPS IN A CAR CRASH. F*CKING PULLEASE... ALL THEY NEED IS A FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST OR UROLOGIST WHO CAN TELL THE COURT HOW MUCH URINE WAS BUILT UP AND HOW LONG THAT WOULD TAKE SINCE HER LAST URINATION. MOST PEEPS EVEN AFTER AN HOUR SINCE LAST URINATION DONT HAVE TO GO AGAIN. SO SHE COULD EASILY URINATED AN HOUR BEFORE GO INTO THE ARGUMENT WITH THE PSYCHO, RAN INTO THE BATHROOM, GOT SHOT AND STILL FOUND VERY LITTLE URINE IF AT ALL. POINT BLANK! #TRUTH!!

575 days ago
21.

cluesarethere    

Remember.. When the police came on the scene his lawyer and a family member was already present. They had time to "fix" the crime scene and/or bargain with the detective.

575 days ago
22.

Jody    

It really pisses me off how that jerk stands in front of the press with his hands folded and his head down like he is so contrite.

575 days ago
23.

sarah    

Well he will probably avoid the premeditation charge but there is no way he will walk. Let's assume his story is true (it's false but we're assimg here.) An accident is discharging your weapon unintentionally and hurting someone. Even if she was an intruder, she was unarmed and in a locked bathroom. He should have called the police and held the gun at the door --- NOT shoot through the door. He intentionally killed whoever was behind that door when his life was not in danger. That is not an accident.

575 days ago
24.

c    

Why would the country be shocked if he wasn’t released? Is it a country full of morons? Seriously, his story is one of the flimsiest explanations for killing someone I’ve ever seen. You know there’s someone sleeping at your home, you wake up because they’re using the bathroom, and then somehow think it must be an intruder and open fire? What, because so many people who break into someone’s home in the middle of the night stop to use the bathroom? Maybe he should have stuck to his first made-up story (or come up with a better one).

575 days ago
25.

Mrugowsky    

Shades of O.J. sort of in that it involves a murdered Blonde white woman. This guy has at least a half-assed. explanation that might be plausible. Sounds like Botha is the real murderer here. The ugly plot thickens.

575 days ago
26.

MikeD    

My Question is WHY is Botha even working at the Police Dept ??? He should be on leave.. unpaid.

575 days ago
27.

BB not bb    

He seems like someone who has trouble controlling his frustration. I wonder if after they argued and she came back, he assumed they were all good and the fight was over. Then when maybe he woke her up for some sex, she was still upset and refused, so he cracked her over the head with the bat. Then she ran and locked herself in the bathroom to get away from him and after beating at the door with the bat still in his hands, he felt he could't get in so he went back to the bed to get his legs and gun. Then he went to the door and shot through it four times, hitting her as she sat on the toilet directly across from the door.


To me, that is like a psychotic rage, so I think that is second degree murder. I don't know that he lured her there with the intention of killing her.

575 days ago
28.

DaveT    

People are surprised?
He's a man, therefore he's assumed guilty...before evidence is presented.
Law enforcement and all other officials involved in a high profile case that includes a celebrity, very commonly love to jump on the wagon and get a chance at becoming famous for being involved.
Nothing new.
Oscar may be guilty of murder, and if so he deserves whatever discipline and punishment the law allows.
Oscar may also be innocent, and if so deserves to be free.

575 days ago
29.

pancake    

OP needs to suffer some consequences for blowing his gf brains out, legs or no legs. All women in his future beware because he is trigger happy.

575 days ago
30.

Decker    

A side issue of course but here's a current olympian with a house full of steroids.
Urine testing is useless we need blood testing and samples need to be kept long term to be re-tested as technology advances.

575 days ago
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