Monday, August 19, 2013
Blade Runner (Oscar Pistorius) Indicted for Murder
Pistorius, 26, will be tried in the High Court in Pretoria, the South African capital. South Africa does not have trial by jury so his fate will be in the hands of a judge. The mandatory sentence for premeditated murder is life with a minimum of 25 years in prison. There is no death penalty in South Africa.
The strongest evidence in the case may be contained in cellphone records found at Pistorius' home. It is also anticipated that ballistic evidence will confirm that Pistorius shot four bullets through the toilet door. Steenkamp was apparently hit three times by bullets. The trajectory of the bullets may show if Pistorius was standing on his stumps or if he was on his prosthetics, as the prosecution maintains.
No matter what the result of the trial, a beautiful person, Reeva Steenkamp, is dead. Reeva's life was taken and it appears that no amount of evidence will ever satisfactorily explain why.