Oscar Pistorius trial: Olympian on trial for murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
Published on Mar 3, 2014 4:05 PM
PRETORIA (REUTERS) - "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court on Monday for the start of his murder trial, opening a decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world's best-known athletes.
The South African Olympic and Paralympic track star shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013. The 27-year-old argues that it was a tragic case of mistaken identity and that he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in the toilet.
Barring a last-minute change of heart, Pistorius, who appeared in court in a dark suit with a white shirt and tie, will enter a plea of "not guilty".
Prosecutors will seek to prove that Pistorius - known as"Blade Runner" after his carbon-fibre running prosthetics - fired four rounds from a 9 mm pistol through the door of the toilet adjoining the bedroom of his luxury Pretoria home in a deliberate attempt to kill whoever was behind it.
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