=== Pistorius bail hearing to continue; lead investigator off case ===
Pretoria, South Africa (Sports Network) - The bail hearing for South African
Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Thursday and will continue
It's been a week since Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend at his home in
the early morning hours of Valentine's Day. Prosecutors have charged the
double-amputee runner with premeditated murder, while the defense has argued
that Pistorius believed he was shooting an intruder in his bathroom and
mistakenly killed Reeva Steenkamp.
The big news from Thursday was the removal of the lead police investigator,
After the defense poked holes in Botha's tactics and testimony on Wednesday,
News 24 in South Africa reported Thursday that Botha was taken off the case
after attempted murder charges in connection with a 2011 shooting incident
were reinstated earlier this month.
According to News 24, Botha and two other officers allegedly fired shots at a
Pistorius said in an affidavit read in court Tuesday that Steenkamp was with
him the night of the shooting. He said he heard a noise in the bathroom and,
thinking it was an intruder, got his gun -- a 9-mm pistol he said he keeps
under his bed. He said he fired shots through the door and told Steenkamp to
call the police.
When he realized Steenkamp was not in bed with him, Pistorius thought it may
have been her in the bathroom. He said he called paramedics and security
officers in his building complex, and tried to carry her down the stairs for
help. He said she died in his arms.
Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner," made history at the London Olympics
last year when he became the first double-amputee runner to compete in the
The 26-year-old Pistorius had both legs amputated before he was a year old
after being born without fibula bones and runs on prosthetic blades.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had initially
said that his prosthetics were considered technical aids and in violation of
an IAAF rule. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport later overturned that
decision, making him eligible to compete against able-bodied runners.
Pistorius qualified for South Africa's Olympic team in 2012 and competed in
the 400-meter race, reaching the semifinals, and the 1,600-meter relay.
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