OJ Simpson Detective on Oscar Pistorius Case: Evidence is Overwhelming

Posted by Staff Reporter on Feb 21, 2013 02:00 PM EST
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Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp in happier days (Photo : Reuters)

Mark Fuhrman, former LAPD investigator and one of the main detectives in the O.J. Simpson case, said that in the case of the South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, the evidence is overwhelming.

Speaking in an interview to Fox News, Fuhrman, who over the years has channelized his detective experience through books analyzing the evidence in various high-profile murders, downplayed the holes in the forensic evidence brought up by Pistorius defense team.

“So what?” said Fuhrman. “The defense attorneys are doing what defense attorneys everywhere do. When you look at the facts, even omitting all the forensic evidence the police have produced, it’s crystal clear.”

“Here is what he admits: ‘I shot my girlfriend.’ And he has to admit he fought with her in the past, because the police had been there previously. That’s really all you need to know here.”

Pistorius defense lawyers made headlines earlier this week pointing holes in the forensic investigation, accusing prosecutors of being too quick in saying steroids were found in the Pretoria mansion of the suspect while detectives missed a bullet lodged in the bathroom wall.

Fuhrman also dismissed the recently surfaced revelation that South African detective Hilton Botha, leading investigator in the Pistorius case, is facing attempted murder charges in connection with a 2011 shooting incident. That case, which involved Botha and two other police officers who allegedly fired at a minibus they were trying to stop, was reopened 10 days before Pistorius’ girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp was killed, after new evidence surfaced. Botha was taken off the Blade Runner case on Thursday.

“That wasn’t a shock,” Fuhrman said. “Any street cop knows you will be sued or involved in some type of litigation throughout your career. If the detective was compromised in any way, how does that change the actions of the suspect on the night in question?”

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