February 20th, 2013
07:51 AM ET

Prosecutors lay out case against Pistorius

Olympian Oscar Pistorius returned to court on Wednesday to find out if he can be freed on bail after he was charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. This is the second day of the bail hearing. Read full story.

[Updated at 7:51 a.m. ET] Final arguments will start Thursday at 11 a.m. local time.

[Updated at 7:49 a.m. ET] The hearing has adjourned until Thursday with no decision on bail for Oscar Pistorius.

[Updated at 7:47 a.m. ET] Police inspector Botha insists that Pistorius is a flight risk despite being a widely recognized figure. When the magistrate asks if a well-known man with prosthesis would flee, Botha says "yes." That brings slight laughter from the courtroom. Botha's testimony ends.

[Updated at 7:09 a.m. ET] Defense attorney Roux is questioning an investigator on screams allegedly heard before the shooting.

"I put it to you as fact that there was no female screaming from the house," Roux says.

[Updated at 7:03 a.m. ET] Defense attorney Roux points out that Pistorius’ forensic team found a spent bullet in the toilet bowl that the police did not discover.

[Updated at 6:40 a.m. ET] Court is back in session.

[Updated at 5:55 a.m. ET] Pistorius' defense says there were no signs on Steenkamp's body of an assault or of her defending herself. Botha agrees. The investigator concedes that he could find nothing inconsistent with Pistorius' version of events. The defense accuses investigators of discarding anything supportive of the its positions. Court adjourns for 45 minutes.

[Updated at 5:38 a.m. ET] The defense says her bladder was empty, which is consistent with going to the bathroom and argues that Steenkamp locked the toilet door after she heard Oscar screaming for help.

[Updated at 5:32  a.m. ET] Pistorius' lawyer says the substance found was not a steroid but an enzyme - testoconpasupium coenzyme. Botha admits he didn’t read the whole name. Roux tells Botha he should have checked with the pharmacy rather than entering it as evidence.

[Updated at 5:31  a.m. ET] When defense attorney Roux presses investigator Botha on witness claims of hearing an argument at house, Botha admits the witness' home was 600 meters (almost 2000 feet) away.

[Updated at 5:30  a.m. ET] Defense attorney Roux says Pistorius had a legal herbal medication, not testosterone, which is a banned substance. He accuses the investigator of introducing untested evidence.

[Updated at 5:05  a.m. ET] Prosecutor Nel steps down.  Defense lawyer Roux now cross examines investigator Botha.

[Updated at 5:03  a.m. ET] Investigator Botha says that Pistorius' action was in no way self-defense. Pistorius knew Steenkamp was in the bathroom and shot through the door, he says.

[Updated at 4:55 a.m. ET] Police describe two other incidents involving Pistorius: A gun discharged at a Johannesburg restaurant and Pistorius asked someone else to take the blame for it, they say. A second incident took place at a racetrack where Pistorius threatened to assault someone.

[Updated at 4:44 a.m. ET] Investigator says: Two boxes of testosterone and needles found at Pistorius' home. Splatters of blood on the bat, some blood on one cellphone.

[Updated at 4:28 a.m. ET] Court resumes. The plan of the house is being projected in the courtroom.

[Updated at 3:46 a.m. ET] Court adjourns for 30 minutes.

[Updated at 3:42a.m. ET]  Botha describes the scene: He believes a cricket bat was used to break down the bathroom door, part of which was in the bath.

He says shots were aimed at the toilet bowl.

One would have to turn left and fire at an angle to aim at the toilet, he says.

Police also found a fire arm on the bathroom mat as well as two cellphones.

[Updated at 3:35 a.m. ET]  Prosecutors also say they may file more charges. Police found bullets in a safe inside the house and plan to charge Pistorius with possession of unlicensed ammunition.

[Updated at 3:27 a.m. ET] Botha says Pistorius  has offshore accounts and a house in Italy.

[Updated at 3: 25a.m. ET]  Botha says that when he arrived at the scene around 4:15 a.m. Valentine's Day, the victim Reeva Steenkamp was dress in a white shorts and a black vest. She had already been declared dead by medics. He argues that if Pistorius left the country, it would be difficult to get him back.

[Updated at 3:24 a.m. ET] Officer Hilton Botha takes the stand and said he opposes bail for Pistorius, calling him a flight risk. Pistorius sits with his head bowed.

[Updated at 3:21 a.m. ET] The prosecution says neighbors reported hearing sounds of arguing that went on for an hour and came from Pistorius' home on the morning of the shooting.

[Updated at 3:15 a.m. ET] Pistorius and the judge are in court. The bail application has begun.

[Posted at 2:37 a.m. ET] Here are the key players at Pretoria Magistrate Court

Prosecutor – Gerrie Nel.

Defense lawyer – Barry Roux.

Judge – Desmond Nair.

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  1. ColdDiggity

    If a trial is truly speedy, no bail is needed. All they have to do is clear the docket and put him to trial immediately. No bail.

    February 20, 2013 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
    • hannah

      Well it just doesn't work that way, does it?

      February 20, 2013 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. John ofori

    So, why is the blog not being updated? Can see it elsewhere, prosecution case getting shredded, you leave it at point where OP looks worst. How about fairness?

    February 20, 2013 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Megeno

    What he get the love of his life for valentines day? I bet a pretty gal like reevea expected something nice! Id dump the feller too if all he came up for was dinner!

    February 20, 2013 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • hannah

      What a rotten thing to say. What's wrong with you?

      February 20, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    You're guilty, guilty boy I know you're guilty! No, innocent, innocent girl you know I'm innocent! We'll just have to wait for the trial, forensic evidence & the word of what the neighbors heard!!

    February 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Reward Guerdon

    It's all pretty simple. It was Valentine's Day. They had a rip roaring argument less that an hour before the shooting that neighbours heard 600 meters away. Tempers flared, things were said and he shot her. He, no doubt, now bitterly regrets what happened. The stuff about a burgler in the bathroom is just concocted to justify what he did. That is why he shot her multiple times to make sure she died and couldn't contradict his story.

    February 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • thisceci

      Very possible for someone who loses temper easily as heard in previous stories, if in fact true. Sad.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dau

    The way things seem to turn out, he might just get away from this, he just might...

    February 21, 2013 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Badtz

    He may av done it purposely but now he regrets it greatly u jst av to look @ his face in d courtroom to know dat he is veri sori for wat he had done

    February 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |