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Oscar Pistorius Takes the Stand to Describe the Moment He Shot Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius has taken the stand in the murder trial of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to describe the moments of gunfire on Tuesday (April 8) in Pretoria, South Africa.

“That was the moment everything changed,” the 27-year-old athlete said in the first hand account of what happened (via NBC). “I thought that there was a burglar that was gaining entry to my home. Initially I just froze. The first thing that ran through my mind was that I needed to arm myself.”

“I was afraid … someone was going to start shooting,” he added. “I heard a noise from inside the toilet. Before I knew it, I’d fired four shots at the door. There was ringing in my ears.” He then added that it dawned on him that the person inside the bathroom could be Reeva. “I didn’t want to believe that it could be Reeva inside the toilet. I jumped out and ran my hand along the curtain to see that she wasn’t hiding behind the curtain.”

“I was screaming and shouting the whole time. I don’t think I’ve ever screamed liked that. I was crying out for the Lord to help me,” Oscar said.

Oscar took the stand the day before to tearfully apologize to Reeva‘s family.

Oscar Pistorius Takes the Stand in Murder Case, Gives Tearful Apology to Reeva Steenkamp's Family (Video)

Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius takes the stand for his first account during his murder trial on Monday (April 7) in Pretoria, South Africa.

The 27-year-old athlete started the morning out by giving a tearful apology to Reeva Steenkamp‘s family. He is on trial for killing her last year after shooting her through a locked bathroom door, though he says he mistook her for an intruder.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Mr. and Mrs. Steenkamp, to Reeva’s family,” Oscar said (via ABC News). ”To those of you who knew her who are in court today.”

“There hasn’t been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family,” he added. “I wake up every morning and you’re the first people I think of, the first people I pray for… I was simply trying to protect Reeva. I can promise you when she went to bed that night she felt loved. I’ve tried to put my feelings in words to you several times, but no words ever sufficed.”

FYI: Oscar requested that he not be placed on video, but his audio was recorded and you can watch that below.


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Oscar Pistorius Indicted for Murder in Reeva Steenkamp Death

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Pretoria Magistrates Court for an indictment hearing on Monday morning (August 19) in Pretoria, South Africa.

The 26-year-old sprint runner is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp though he denies the claim, saying he mistook her for an intruder.

Oscar was seen crying and holding hands with his siblings before the hearing started. It is interesting to note that today would have marked Reeva‘s 30th birthday.

During the hearing, a trial date of March 3 was set. The trial will be presided over by a judge as South Africa does not have trial by jury. If convicted of premeditated murder, Oscar will serve a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, according to USA Today.


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Double Amputee Paralympian Oscar Pistorius Charged with Killing Girlfriend

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who became famous after becoming the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics, has been charged today with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day (February 14) in South Africa.

The 26-year-old runner is accused of shooting his 30-year-old aspiring model and law graduate student girlfriend at his home in a luxury apartment complex, according to the New York Times.

A court date for bail has been set for tomorrow.

Oscar won two gold medals and one silver medal at last year’s Paralympic Games in London.

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this horrible tragedy.

Oscar Pistorius: Shirtless Paralympics Runner!

Oscar Pistorius makes a shirtless sexy appearance on the reality show L’isola Dei Famosi, the Italian version of Celebrity Survivor.

Oscar, 23, is a South African Paralympic runner. Known as the Blade Runner and the fastest man on no legs, Oscar is the double amputee world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres (sport class T44) events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs created by Ossur.

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