On the same day that Reeva Steenkamp would have turned 30 years old, the man that killed her was indicted on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition, according to Talking Points Memo. South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was officially charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Steenkamp, in a shooting that took place this past Valentine’s Day.
As the first double-amputee to ever compete against able-bodied men in the Olympics, Pistorius was a national hero and world icon. Now, his case will be tried in Pretoria’s High Court, where a judge will render a verdict on whether or not the killing was premeditated or an accident.
Pistorius’ defense has claimed that the sprinter believed Steenkamp to be an intruder. South Africa is a violent country, so Pistorius, in the darkness of the late evening, reacted with deadly force.
Presumably, the judge will be looking at the location of the bullet holes in the door of their bathroom. Steemkamp had, reportedly, locked herself in the bathroom and Pistorius shot her through the door. He claims that he had scooted across the floor without the aid of his prosthetic legs because he had no idea what was going on. If the holes are much higher, that would insinuate that Pistorius had put his prosthetic legs on, walked over to the bathroom door and shot her through it.
The trial date is set for March 3. Should Pistorius be found guilty, he could face at least 25 years in prison.