Murder case: Pistorius hires US investigators

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has enlisted a team of forensic
investigators from the United States for his
murder trial which begins next year, his
spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The investigators will work with his defence
team to beef up his defence against charges he
murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on
February 14.
Annelise Burgess confirmed the arrival of the
investigators saying "it was standard practice to work with experts during the preparation of any trial."
Burgess could not give further details about the
group's work.
The sprinter's trial is set for March 3 to 20 at the
Pretoria High Court.
The double amputee athlete known as "Blade
Runner" is currently out on bail.
He has admitted to killing Steenkamp but has
denied murder, saying he shot her through a
locked bathroom door because he thought she
was an intruder.
The state has alleged she was murdered and that it was premeditated.
Questions have been repeatedly raised about the
police's handling of the case and of forensic
evidence, which is likely to be key given the lack
of witnesses.
The killing sent shockwaves across South Africa
and has drawn massive international interest.
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