Blade Runner in Court

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Even if Oscar Pistorius thought that he was shooting at a burglar, prosecutors say, he would still be guilty of premeditated murder.
In court today in South Africa, they also said there's "no possible explanation" to back up his claim that he believed the person he was firing at behind a closed bathroom door was a burglar, rather than his girlfriend.
The double-amputee track star, in a statement read by his lawyer, said he shot Reeva Steenkamp to death by mistake. He also said he didn't have on his prosthetic legs when he fired, thinking there was an intruder behind the door. Pistorius wept as his lawyer read his account of the shooting. In the statement, Pistorius said that after opening fire, he realized that Steenkamp was not in his bed. He says, "It filled me with horror and fear."
But the prosecutors alleged that Pistorius opened fire after the couple had engaged in a shouting match and Steenkamp fled to the bathroom. They said that Pistorius in fact took the time to put on his artificial legs and walk some seven yards from the bed to the bathroom door before opening fire through the door.
A prosecutor said of the four bullets that were fired into the door, three of them hit Steenkamp.
Pistorius's bail hearing continues Wednesday.


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