Lead Cop Dropped From Pistorius Case
After attempted murder charges from 2011 reinstated
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2013 7:57 AM CST
Updated Feb 21, 2013 9:12 AM CST
In this Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

(Newser) – Lead detective Hilton Botha is now off the Oscar Pistorius murder case now that he's facing his own attempted murder charges, the police commissioner announced today. A new detective has been brought in, the BBC reports. A spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority had earlier told Reuters that the decision to reinstate charges against Botha was made on Feb. 4, "way before the issue of Pistorius came to light or the murder of Reeva was committed. It's completely unrelated to this trial." Another spokesperson for the NPA calls the timing "totally weird," the AP reports. She says the charges were reinstated when more evidence came to light.

More recent developments:

  • The sponsor fallout has begun: Nike suspended its endorsement contract with Pistorius, which it's had since 2007, today, Reuters reports. The company stressed in a statement that Pistorius "should be afforded due process" and promised to "monitor the situation closely." Oakley has also canceled its contract with Pistorius, according to the Guardian. Still safe for now are other endorsement deals with French designer Thierry Mugler and British telecom company BT, though pictures of Pistorius seem to have been removed from Mugler's website.
  • Today, the final day of Pistorius' bail hearing, the judge abruptly adjourned the hearing, citing some sort of threat outside the building, CNN reports. It was apparently resolved within minutes, because the hearing resumed and the threat was not mentioned again.
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Feb 22, 2013 8:13 AM CST
Innocent until prooven guilty. Not exactly a speedy trial. Courts must be backed up with other murder cases. At least two years worth. Sounds like they have bodies stacked up to the ceiling in the morgue.
Feb 21, 2013 5:34 PM CST
Hope he doesn't get away with this. What was Botha even doing still actively involved in police investigations? At least they've dumped him off this case. But what's the real story with the cricket bat? Did it have blood or not? Was her skull crushed or not? Wow!
Feb 21, 2013 1:42 PM CST
What a God damn mess. The prosecutor ought to bring in a competent team of homicide detectives from either the Australian Federal Police or the Israeli police, swear them in, and let them manage the entire investigation. The South African investigation has been botched beyond repair.