Oscar Pistorius Investigator Faces Attempted Murder Charge

Lead investigator, Detective Hilton Botha, faces seven counts of attempted murder in South Africa.

Themba Hadebe / AP

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South African police say the lead investigator in the case against Olympian Oscar Pistorius faces attempted murder charges in an October 2011 shooting.

Police Brig. Neville Malila said Thursday that detective Hilton Botha is scheduled to appear in court in May on seven counts of attempted murder. Malila says Botha and two other police officers fired shots while trying to stop a mini-van in the incident.

Top SA lawyer tells local radio 702 that detective Botha should have disclosed attempted murder charges against him.

— BBCAndrewH (@andrew harding)

#OscarPistorius Criminal law specialist, William Booth, says revelations about Botha's pending case may affect the OP matter.

— alexeliseev (@Alex Eliseev)

Reuters is now matching AP, Sky News reports that lead investigator in Pistorius case is facing seven counts of attempted murder.

— TheMatthewKeys (@Matthew Keys)

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