Oscar Pistorius Court Proceedings: Day 3
South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at Magistrate Court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Tuesday, February 19.
February 21st, 2013
09:06 AM ET

Oscar Pistorius Court Proceedings: Day 3

Final arguments began today in the bail hearing of Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with premeditated murder in the killing of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentine's Day.  

Today saw the case's lead investigator, Hilton Botha, removed from the case after prosecutors reinstated attempted murder charges against him in connection with a 2011 incident. Read details about today's hearing below, or check out our FULL STORY.

Also, follow @RobynCurnow who was tweeting from inside the Pretoria courtroom.

[Updated at 9:04 a.m. ET] The court has adjourned proceedings for the day.

[Updated at 8:41 a.m. ET] The state makes the argument that Pistorius shows no realization of what he has done.

[Updated at 8:38 a.m. ET]

[Updated at 8:28 a.m. ET] The state begins its closing arguments. CNN's Robyn Curnow tweets from the court that there will be no decision on bail today.

[Updated at 8:10 a.m. ET] The magistrate asks if there will be shock should Pistorius be released on bail. Defense says there'll be shock if he isn't.

[Updated at 8:04 a.m. ET] The magistrate says there is evidence relating to previous violent behavior by Pistorius. That evidence includes claims of threats made by Pistorius and the discharging of a weapon at a restaurant.

[Updated at 7:50 a.m ET] Pistorius comes back in from holding cells. So does magistrate. No mention of "threat'"

[Updated at 7:44 a.m. ET] Threat of some kind reported. Magistrate quickly adjourns hearing.

[Upsated at 7:36 a.m. ET] Pistorius defense claims that evidence presented by police was extremely poor amounting to a monumental collapse of the state's case.

[ Updated at 7:33 a.m. ET] Pistorius is utterly still he hasn't moved or twitched. So different from the weeping, shaking man from two days ago.

[Updated at 7:24 a.m. ET] Now Pistorius' defense is saying there was no heated argument between the track star and his girlfriend. This would directly challenge evidence from witnesses relating to loud voices heard at 3 a.m.

[Updated at 7:03 a.m. ET] The magistrate asks: Why didn't Steenkamp call out from the toilet when Pistorius shouted that there was an intruder?

[Updated at 6:53 a.m. ET] Defense: Reeva likely to have "frantically locked the door" if she heard Pistorius shouting at a burglar.  That's why door was locked.

[Updated at 6:39 a.m. ET]  Defense says autopsy showed Reeva Steenkamp's bladder was empty. That would be consistent with someone going to toilet at 3 a.m.

[Updated at 6:02 a.m. ET] The defense says that if Pistorius wanted to kill his girlfriend, he could have done it in the bedroom.

[Updated at 5:47 a.m. ET]  The defense says the evidence doesn't show that Pistorius committed murder. It is arguing for a lesser charge. Pistorius sits with his head bent.

[Updated at 5:42 a.m. ET] Final arguments start.

[Updated at 5:32 a.m. ET]  The State reads out the Sarie article in which Pistorius is quoted as saying the mayor built him a house in a small Italian town.

[Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET] The State offers a Sarie Magazine interview with Pistorius as proof that he said he has a house in Italy. The Defense says he doesn't.

[Updated at 5:20 a.m. ET] Court is back in session.

[Updated at 5:01 a.m. ET] Nike has suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius.

"We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely," the apparel company said in a statement.

[Updated at 4:34 a.m. ET]  The judge adjourns court while State goes to find Botha.

[Updated at 4:32 a.m. ET]  The prosecution says neither they nor the investigating officer, Botha, were aware that he was facing seven counts of attempted murder. They said they thought the charges were withdrawn. The judge wants the State to call the investigating officer.

[Updated at 4:07 a.m. ET] 

[Updated at 2:55 a.m. ET] The women's branch of South Africa's ruling party wants to know why Pistorius is being detained in a holding cell at the Brooklyn Police Station and not at Central Prison or Newlock where other defendants awaiting trial are kept.

"If there is some special circumstance that permits this, authorities must share this with the public as they are setting a bad precedent," said a statement from the African National Congress Women's League. "All should be treated equally before the law no matter your standing in society."

The group said Pistorius is getting special treatment, adding that his family can visit him even outside visiting hours unlike families of other inmates.

"If Pistorious is denied bail he must be moved to a proper prison facility with others accused of similar crimes," the statement said. "A strong message must be sent out that wealth and celebrity cannot give you an advantage over the law."

Pistorius'  lawyers requested Brooklyn last week so that they could have access to their client over the weekend. The state did not object.

[Updated at6 8:34 a.m. ET]

[Updated at 2:12 a.m. ET] Here is the full family statement:

Following the recent tragic events and the enormous global interest, the family of Oscar Pistorius has taken the decision to devote his official website to the latest news about developments as well as messages of support.

The website will provide the opportunity for the media to make enquiries or requests but for understandable legal reasons it may not always be possible to respond or comment.

The Pistorius family and Oscar’s management company have been inundated with messages of support and condolences for Oscar and for the family of Reeva Steenkamp from all over the world.

Mr Arnold Pistorius, uncle of Oscar, said on behalf of the family: “We believe that this is an appropriate way to deal with the expressions of support we have received as well as keeping the media informed about any key developments in the case.

“We have every confidence as a family that when the world has heard the full evidence that this will prove to be a terrible and tragic accident which has changed many lives forever. We are praying for everyone touched by this tragedy.”

[Updated at 2:10 a.m. ET] Oscar Pistorius' family disputed the prosecution's contention that a banned substance was found in the athlete's house. "Oscar, was not using any drugs listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned substances, usage of which would ban him from competing in athletics competitions," the family said in a statement Thursday. "The IAAF will have records of every single drugs test that was undertaken in and out of competitions. He has been tested on a number of occasions during the last couple of years and he has never failed a drug test to date."

[Updated at 2:06 a.m. ET]  Pistorius' family said Thursday it will now use his official website, OscarPistorius.com, to disseminate information about the case.

"We believe that this is an appropriate way to deal with the expressions of support we have received as well as keeping the media informed about any key developments in the case," said Arnold Pistorius, his uncle.


[Posted at 1:20 a.m. ET]
The sensational case of Oscar Pistorius took a new turn Thursday when police said that the lead investigator is facing seven counts of attempted murder stemming from an incident four years ago.

That investigator, Hilton Botha, and several other police officers apparently fired at a minibus they were chasing in late 2009, spokesman Neville Malila told CNN affiliate eNCA.

The officers were allegedly drunk at the time, the spokesman said.

They were arrested on seven counts of attempted murder - for the number of occupants in the minibus, the spokesman said.

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  1. Linda Mendez

    None of us know weather he is guilty or not, we were not there, therefore we cannot judge.
    People get accused falsely, others get away after comitting a crime
    The almighty is who knows what happen, and it will be his decision what
    is going to happen. not us men.

    February 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paul Imisi

    Based on today's proceedings, this is what I believed transpired: https://www.facebook.com/Oscartrial199/posts/10152062651686220

    March 13, 2014 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
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