Olympian Oscar Pistorius faced a courtroom today for a bail hearing. Through his attorney, Pistorius’ signed affidavit was read telling the tale of what happened on the night of Valentine’s Day when Reeva Steenkamp was shot to death in the athlete’s home according to a Feb. 19 CBS News report.
The double-amputee said he shot his girlfriend by mistake, believing her to be a robber. He claimed he felt vulnerable because he wasn’t wearing his prosthetic legs at the time of the shooting. After firing four rounds into the locked bathroom door, he realized Reeva was not in his bed.
It was then he put on his prosthetic legs. He returned to the bathroom and attempted to kick down the door. When that didn’t work, he used a cricket bat to bash in the door. Once inside, he found Steenkamp, 29, shot three times. He carried her body down stairs where he says she died in his arms.
The prosecutor had a different version of events and called it premeditated murder. The chief magistrate agreed and for the purposes of the bail hearing, Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder. If convicted, the one-time ambassador for South Africa’s athletic achievements will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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