New Focus in Pistorius Case: Bloody Bat
Steenkamp's father: 'There is no hatred in our hearts'
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Oscar Pistorius reacts in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb 15, 2013, at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.   (AP Photo/Antione de Ras - Independent Newspapers Ltd South Africa-Star)

(Newser) – The case against Oscar Pistorius darkens: Police are now investigating a bloodied cricket bat recovered from the Olympian's house, reports South Africa's City Press. Cops theorize that Pistorius may have used the bat to bludgeon girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp—in addition to her bullet wounds, her skull was apparently crushed—or to break down the door to the bathroom where she was hiding. Another possibility is that Steenkamp used the bat in self-defense, but Pistorius' claim that he mistook her for a burglar is fast looking unlikely. “There was lots of blood on the bat. Forensic tests will show whose blood it was,” a source tells the paper. Other details from the report:

  • Sources say that police have a "rock solid" case against Pistorius. “He could possibly get a 20-year sentence instead of life if he pleads guilty," says a criminal lawyer.
  • Police found Steenkamp's overnight bag and iPad in Pistorius' bedroom. “It was clear that both of them had slept in the bed,” a police source says.
  • Looking for evidence of "'roid rage," police had Pistorius' blood tested.
  • Steenkamp's father, Barry Steenkamp, tells the Sunday Mail he and his wife are heartbroken, but that Pistorius "must be going through things that we don’t know about. There is no hatred in our hearts . ... We ask the Lord every day to help us find a reason why this should happen to Reeva."

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Feb 18, 2013 5:11 AM CST
Where does all this crappy speculation come from? Sure he looks guilty as Reeva was shot through the bathroom door but a crushed skull, bloodied bat, ....Holy Mackerel?
Feb 18, 2013 12:37 AM CST
Officers who searched the 26-year-old’s home after lover Reeva was killed in the bathroom are said to have found steroids. Blood samples taken from Pistorius are being tested for the drugs. A source close to the investigation said: “Steroid drugs were found at Pistorius’s home together with evidence of heavy drinking.
Feb 17, 2013 9:00 PM CST
Very ironic billboard and tweet from Oscar - 'Haha always laugh when I see my mug..:) it's "Oscar" month' Bet he's not laughing seeing his own mugshot :(