Blade Runner Defense Witness May Have Lied About Expertise, Sources Say

Law enforcement computer forensics

The Oscar Pistorius “Blade Runner” trial wages on, and the testimony is getting heated. The trial began with mobile phone evidence, with some incriminating messages raising eyebrows. The select messages painted Pistorius as someone with a heated temper, someone his late girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, admitted to being afraid of. Pistorius’ increasingly thin and questionable defense may easily reinforce what the prosecution has been saying all along; in other words, more evidence points to Pistorius as a murderer.

Mobile Phone Evidence Calls Couples’ Loving Relationship Into Question

Pistorius claims that he accidentally shot his late girlfriend, Steenkamp, mistaking her for an intruder. The double amputee runner cried during portions of the prosecution’s testimony, insisting that he and Steenkamp maintained a loving relationship until the very end. Forensic data collection, however, suggests otherwise. “I can’t be attacked by outsiders for dating u [sic] AND be attacked by you, the one person I deserve protection from,” Steenkamp wrote to Pistorius in a text message. Computer forensics companies examined admissible digital evidence from “two BlackBerry phones, two iPhones, two iPads, and a Mac computer,” according to Fox News. In the messages, Steenkamp explicitly admitted that Pistorius scared her from time to time.

Pistorius’ Defense Team Makes Serious Blunders

Pistorius’ increasingly shaky and dubious defense seems to suggest that there may be something to computer forensic investigators’ image of Pistorius as an aggressive — and sometimes violent — man. In a shocking cross-examination, former policeman Roger Dixon — a witness for the defense — admitted that he has no experience in pathology and ballistics, two areas he used to contradict police evidence. “Dixon’s theory could cast doubt on the prosecution’s argument that Steenkamp was in the midst of a fight with Pistorius and trying to hide from him,” USA Today explains. According to Dixon’s theory, Steenkamp was reaching from the door handle — instead of trying to get away from Pistorius.

The Pistorius trial continues, and even the defense’s dubious testimony suggests that there may be some foul play. More like this blog:

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