Oscar Pistorius was back in court on Friday morning as his murder trial for the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp drew to a close. Video as incoming. (Aug. 8)
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Pretoria, South Africa - August 8, 2014
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1. Vehicle carrying Oscar Pistorius pulling up outside courthouse, Hank Pistorius, father of Oscar Pistorius (wearing red tie) walking towards court entrance, Oscar Pistorius walking behind him
2. Barry and June Steenkamp, parents of Reeva Steenkamp arriving at court
3. Chief defence lawyer Barry Roux arriving at court
Oscar Pistorius was back in court on Friday morning as his murder trial for the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp drew to a close.
The once-celebrated athlete denies prosecution claims that he deliberately shot Steenkamp last year through a toilet cubicle door in his home.
Both sides will summarise their versions of the shooting to Thokozile Masipa, the judge who will determine the fate of the double-amputee Olympic runner.
Masipa can interrogate prosecutor Gerrie Nel and chief defence lawyer Barry Roux on their explanations for the killing and evidence in the court record, which amounts to thousands of pages.
The prosecution says Pistorius, 27, intentionally shot 29-year-old Steenkamp multiple times before dawn on February 14, 2013 in a fit of anger after a fight.
The defence counters that he fired by mistake, fearing for his life after thinking an intruder was in the toilet cubicle and Steenkamp was in the bedroom.
Because South Africa has no trial by jury, Masipa will decide with the help of two legal assistants if Pistorius committed murder, is guilty of a negligent killing, or if he made a tragic error and should be acquitted.
The runner faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder, and also would be sent to prison for years if guilty of murder without premeditation or culpable homicide.
He faces three separate firearm charges, and has pled not guilty to all four counts.