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Oscar Pistorius’ murder case is grabbing headlines around the world, in part because of his fame. While Pistorius was in a South African court again today and prosecutors continue to build their case against him, two key players in the O.J. Simpson murder case are weighing in.
Former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman spoke with Fox News, noting that no matter what facts Pistorius’ defense digs up to poke holes in the prosecution’s case, the fact is that Pistorius killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense also accused police of being too quick to call a substance found in Pistorius’ house steroids.
“So what?” Fuhrman said about the latest bit of news - that the lead detective in the Pistorius case has been accused of murder himself. “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.”
Fuhrman, who has written several books about other cases, continued, “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.”
Robert Shapiro, who represented Simpson, told MSNBC Thursday that the only thing the two cases have in common is that a superstar athlete is at the center, notes USA Today.
“I really don't think the detectives are really going to be much of an issue in this case,” Shapiro said. “Pistorius is going to testify; Simpson did not.”
“The judge is going to make one decision. He's not going to say, 'Do I have reasonable doubt?'” Shapiro explained. “He's going to say, 'Do I believe what Mr. Pistorius is telling us? Do I believe that he actually felt that there was a burglar in the house? And that he reasonably believed that his life was in danger if he didn't take action and shoot through a closed door at an unknown target.'”
Pistorius is being charged with premeditated murder, with prosecutors disputing Pistorius’ story that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.