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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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31.

Decker    

A current Olympian with a house full of steroids may actually go some way to disproving premeditation

545 days ago
32.

Domestic    

What's most important here is that Reeva is dead and she and her family must be remembered more than some famous olympian.

545 days ago
33.

Decker    

That issue is unclear at this stage Byron, the prosecution is calling it 'testosterone' rather than steroids but it's still suspect considering needles were found as well.

545 days ago
34.

giselle    

It looks like the set for the Jerry Springer show!

544 days ago
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