Everything You Need to Know about the Oscar Pistorius Trial


Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius, South Africa

Oscar “The Blade Runner” Pistorius, 26, was born without calf bones. His use of fiberglass prosthetic legs catapulted him into fame, setting world records in the sport of running and winning Olympic Gold medals.

Oscar and his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, were dating for five months when he shot and killed her in the middle of the night at his home in Pretoria, South Africa on Valentine’s Day this year. 

Oscar claims that he thought he was shooting through his bathroom door at an intruder on the other side. To his defense, there is a large gun culture in Pretoria, where houses are commonly robbed, and barbed wire protects many of the communities. However, before Oscar leapt out of bed and shot three times through his bathroom door, wouldn’t he think to check the bed for his loved one? It was Reeva in the bathroom, not an intruder, who Oscar murdered through the closed bathroom door.

Oscar is due in court on Monday, which would have been Reeva’s 30th birthday, where is faces multiples offenses including recklessly discharging a gun, and premeditated murder. One of the major details of the story that has yet to be determined is whether or not Oscar had his blades on when he shot through the bathroom door. Apparently, the angle at which the bullets went through the bathroom door is indicative of whether or not the murder was premeditated.

Although he will be in court on Monday, August 19th, his trial date is set for early 2014.