Oscar Pistorius- Premeditated Murder?

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Oscar Pistorius- Premeditated Murder?
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Tue, 02-19-2013 - 11:06am

The double amputee known as “Blade Runner” has been charged with murdering model Reeva Steenkamp in his home. Prosecutors say Pistorius armed himself, put on his prostheses, walked 20 feet to the bathroom and fired a gun four times at Steenkamp, who was hiding behind a locked bathroom door. Steenkamp was hit by three bullets through the door, and Pistorius carried her body downstairs and told friends he had accidentally mistaken her for a burglar.

Prosecutors argue the murder was premeditated, questioning why a burglar would be hiding in the bathroom. Even if Pistorius had thought it was a burglar, prosecutors note, Pistorius would still have been shooting a defenseless person sitting on a toilet. Pistorius has denied the murder allegation, maintaining it was an accident, and his attorneys argue there was no motive and nothing to indicate premeditation.

Pistorius was crying and shaking in the courtroom Tuesday, a far cry from the inspiring figure who crossed over from stardom in the Paralympics to compete in the London Olympics last year.

http://todaynews.today.com/_news/2013/02/19/17016720-carillo-pistorius-was-jumpy-and-had-worries-about-safety?lite

Such a sad story.  What do you think happened?  Do you believe this was premeditated murder? 

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Sat, 02-23-2013 - 4:52am

He killed her...obviously.

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Thu, 02-21-2013 - 9:42am

What I think is besides the point. He is innocent before proven guilty.

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Tue, 02-19-2013 - 10:05pm
  1. Given that there's a history of domestic disturbance at the residence I don't buy his defense either.  But I don't know if I'd call it premeditated either, Doesn't that mean the crime was planned?  I think it was a fight that escalated. 

 

 

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Tue, 02-19-2013 - 4:23pm

I think his story is completely bogus. It makes no sense at all and I don't buy it one bit. He "thought" that she was still in bed? He doesn't check and just assumes it's a burglar? I think this is a grasp by his defense team, and he's guilty of premeditated murder. I heard on the news this morning that the defense team would be releasing the reason behind her being in the locked bathroom, it sounded rather ominous. I bet there will be a lot of dirty laundry coming out as this goes to trial.