=== 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
 Friday.
 
 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,
 Hilton Botha.
 
 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
 taxi.
 
 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
 Games.
 
 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.
 
 
 
 02/21 10:46:34 ET

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