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Pistorius officially charged with premeditated murder

Feb 19, 2013, 9:38 AM EDT

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Oscar Pistorius has been officially charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in a South African court Tuesday.

However, a statement from the the Blade Runner, read in court,  says that Pistorius believed Steenkamp was an intruder and he felt a “sense of terror” and also felt “extremely vulnerable” since he wasn’t wearing his prosthetic legs at the time.

“I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder as I had no intention to kill my girlfriend,” the statement read as the iconic athlete sobbed, sometimes uncontrollably.

It added that after the shooting, he “picked Reeva up as I’d been told not to wait for the paramedics… She died in my arms.”

But according to Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, there’s “no possible explanation to support” that the London Olympian considered his girlfriend an intruder. He alleges that Steenkamp was cowering in the bathroom after a shouting match last Thursday morning.

“She locked that door for a purpose,” Nel said, according to Reuters. “If I arm myself, walk a distance and murder a person, that is premeditated. The door is closed. There is no doubt. I walk seven meters and I kill.” He added that he was more convinced about what happened after hearing the Pistorius’s defense.

The hearing is adjourned until Wednesday morning.

  1. mogogo1 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Well, he had few options for a defense, but this is still incredibly weak.

    He hears a sound from a bathroom and assumes it’s a break-in and the burglar has locked himself inside the bathroom. He’s panicked despite the fact he’s holding a gun. And without asking who’s in the bathroom fires multiple times through the door at somebody he hasn’t even seen. All this at a house that’s in a gated community protected by security guards. And his excuse for not checking if it was his girlfriend is he thought she was in bed…because you’d never confirm where your loved ones were at before firing a gun through a closed bathroom door in your own home.

    • florida727 - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Even worse than that #mogogo1.

      He hears a sound in the bathroom, gets out of bed and brings in a fan from the balcony (how’d he get there if his prosthetics were NOT on?), grabs a gun and goes to the bathroom door (with or without prosthetics, the story keeps changing). Also, how many criminals breaking into house LOCK THE BATHROOM DOOR BEHIND THEM? Looking for a little privacy while taking a leak?

      This guy’s story is so full of holes it’s not even funny. None of it adds up to what he claims in his affidavit.

      • mogogo1 - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        If that other story about the bloody cricket bat is true, it’ll be interesting to see how he tries to explain that away.

        One thing interesting about his story is him claiming he’d been in bed and thought she was, as well. Don’t they have neighbors reporting a fight? Was that way earlier than the shooting, or is he going to claim it was just a quiet night at home and everybody turned in early?

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