Oscar Pistorius takes help from American forensic experts to fight murder case

Pistorius will go on trial at the North Gauteng High Court in the South African capital Pretoria from March 3, accused of premeditated murder in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his house on February 14.

updated: October 01, 2013 18:12 IST
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Johannesburg: Oscar Pistorius' lawyers are working with a team of American forensic specialists to help prepare the double-amputee Olympian's defense, and likely counter any evidence given by the nearly 50 police officers and criminal experts that prosecutors could call at his murder trial early next year.

The U.S. forensic team is now in South Africa, Pistorius' spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Tuesday, although she could not give any details of their identities or areas of expertise, or if they would stay for the trial, which begins in March and has been scheduled to last just over two weeks.

"A team of forensic specialists from the United States is currently in the country working with Oscar's defense team," spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said. "We don't want to go into great detail about this except to stay it is very standard practice to work with specialists from various fields in preparation for any trial."

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