Pistorius Trial

Oscar Pistorius Evidence Was Tampered With by Cops, Defense Says


Oscar Pistorius' defense attorney alleged evidence tampering by police during his closing arguments at the Olympic sprinter's murder trial on Friday. Barry Roux said that items in the double-amputee's bedroom, near the bathroom where he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, may have been moved around by investigating officers.

The items, including fans, a bed cover and an electrical extension cord, are relevant to the prosecution's argument that Pistorius is lying about his actions in the bedroom just before he shot Steenkamp. Roux also tried to hammer home the point that the South African athlete was a vulnerable yet loving boyfriend. The so-called "Blade Runner" maintains he killed the model and law graduate after mistaking her for an intruder on Valentine's Day last year. Prosecutors allege she was shot after an argument. On Thursday, prosecutor Gerrie Nel branded Pistorius a "deceitful" witness who presented a version of events lacking "any truth." Pistorius denies pre-meditated murder. The trial continues.


- Christina Boyle

The Associated Press contributed to this report.