Oscar “Blade Runner" Pistorius, the double-amputee track star from last year’s London Olympics, broke down in a South African courtroom today and wept repeatedly, head in hands, as prosecutors accused him of the Feb. 14 shooting and killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Although Pistorius didn’t speak or enter a plea while in court, he released a statement afterwards saying that the murder accusations against him were false, and went on to state that:
“our thoughts and prayers today should be” with Reeva Steenkamp and her family, “regardless of the circumstances of this terrible, terrible tragedy.”
Police were called to Pistorius’s Pretoria, South Africa home early in the morning hours of Feb. 14 to find his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Pistorius was charged with her murder.
Reeva Steenkamp was a model and an aspiring actress.
If convicted, Pistorius would be looking at a mandatory life sentence in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
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