New theories continue to emerge in the Oscar Pistorius - Reeva Steenkamp murder case. Initial reports indicated that Pistorius shot his girlfriend accidentally, thinking she was an intruder. In new details that emerged on Monday, Police now believe Steenkamp was in her nightgown and in their bedroom when she was first shot.
Police said that -- as you might expect -- Steenkamp slept in the same bed as Pistorius. After the initial conflict, the model ran to the bathroom and locked herself inside, where she was shot in the head, hand and arm. Pistorius then broke through the bathroom door and carried the dying reality TV star down the stairs.
Pistorius' father, Henke Pistorius, continues to support Pistorius' claim of an accidental shooting. He told a reporter that his son had acted out of instinct. Telegraph reporter Aislinn Laing said,
He [Henke Pistorius] said there is absolutely no doubt in his mind that his son believed he was attacking an intruder.
Oscar Pistorius, famous for being the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics, is due back in a South African court Tuesday for a bail application hearing.
He is currently being held in a Pretoria police station where he was moved in an attempt to give him better support for his unique circumstances. Pistorius was born with fibular hemimelia (congenital absence of the fibula) in both legs. When he was 11 months old, his legs were amputated halfway between his knees and ankles. He uses carbon-fiber prosthetics to run, and gained the nickname "Blade Runner" due to them.
Over the weekend, a bloodied cricket bat emerged as a possible key in the case. It was said in earlier media reports that Pistorius kept the following weaponry close to him in his home: a cricket bat, a baseball bat, a handgun, and a "machine gun," possibly an assault rifle.
On Thursday, Valentine's Day, Pistorius' girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot and killed. Pistorius was arrested for murder; prosecutors intend to charge him with premeditation in the case. The couple had reportedly been dating since November.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 4, 2012, Pistorius became the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games. In the first heat of the 400m race, he finished second place with a time of 45.44 seconds (which had been his best time of the season at that point), advancing to the semifinals which were held on Aug. 5, 2012.
He ran in the second semifinal, where he finished eighth, which was last, with a time of 46.54 seconds.