Pistorius Put Legs on to Shoot Reeva: Prosecutor
Argues Steenkamp's death was premeditated as she's cremated in hometown
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2013 4:44 AM CST
Updated Feb 19, 2013 8:45 AM CST
People arrive for the funeral of Reeva Steenkamp in Port Elizabeth, South Africa today.   (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

(Newser) – Oscar Pistorius put on his artificial legs to walk to the bathroom where girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had fled after an argument and then fired into the locked door, hitting her three times, a prosecutor said at a dramatic court hearing today. Pistorius sobbed at the bail hearing as the prosecutor made the case for premeditated murder, the AP reports. "If I arm myself, walk a distance, and murder a person, that is premeditated," the prosecutor said, adding that in the tiny bathroom, "She couldn't go anywhere. You can run nowhere. It must have been horrific." The defense attorney disputed the murder charge, saying of the shooting, "Was it to kill her, or was it to get her out? All we really know is she locked herself behind the toilet door and she was shot."

  • The hearing adjourned without a bail decision, CNN reports. Pistorius will spend the night in jail until it resumes tomorrow morning.
  • As the hearing took place in Pretoria, Steenkamp was cremated at a ceremony in Port Elizabeth, where the grief was mixed with anger, Reuters reports. "She was an angel. She was so soft, so innocent. Such a lovely person. It's just sad that this could happen to somebody so good," said an ex-jockey who worked for Steenkamp's father. "He must be dealt with harshly," he said of Pistorius. "Without a doubt he's a danger to the public."
  • The Olympic and Paralympic star stands to lose his medals as well as his freedom, reports the New York Daily News. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is aware of reports steroids were found in Pistorius' home and it is following the case closely.

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WhateverYouSay
Feb 19, 2013 4:07 PM CST
Bear in mind... [from The Independent] "The slow grind of South Africa's justice system, which barely recognizes contempt of court, has been unable to keep pace in the era of social media and rolling TV news. As a consequence, the first disabled global sports superstar has found himself deluged with accusations and insinuations masquerading as facts. "I don't know where people got these stories," complained police spokesperson Katlego Mogale. "We haven't issued a statement [about the case] or spoken to anyone." Observers have been shocked by the level of speculation – including allegations of bloodied cricket bats and love triangles – that would fall foul of contempt laws in most Western jurisdictions. These lurid allegations have been repeated so many times that they have become as real as the facts confirmed by police on the day Mr Pistorius was taken into custody – that there was a shooting incident involving the athlete and his lover, that she was dead, and that a 26-year-old man had been charged with murder. The police spokesman was bombarded with questions by journalists, but refused to divulge any further details. It would be "premature and irresponsible", she said."
Brad_Watson_Miami
Feb 19, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Another gun-lover has a moment of temporary insanity and one is dead and another imprisoned for life. GUNS ARE EVIL!
Drewzy
Feb 19, 2013 10:42 AM CST
Not an unusual occurence for paranoid gun-lovers that think there's a bogeyman just waiting to break into their house.