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BLADE RUNNER Pistorius Detective Dropped From Prosecution Botha at Pistorius bail hearing on Tuesday. (Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty)

Pistorius Detective Dropped From Prosecution

The detective leading the investigation against Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was dropped from the prosecution team after it came to light that he's facing seven counts of murder in a 2011 shooting. Detective Hilton Botha, who faced intense questioning at the third day of Pistorius’s bail hearing Thursday, is one of four officers who allegedly opened fire on a minibus while drunk and faces seven counts of murder. Botha admitted on the stand Wednesday that Pistorius’s story about the night he fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, added up. Prosecutors claimed at Pistorius’s bail hearing Thursday that the pair “fought nonstop” the day before the deadly shooting, which Pistorius claims was an accident. Meanwhile, Nike dropped its endorsement of Pistorius, although a spokesman refused to comment further.

February 21, 2013 3:55 PM