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. God

    I know what you did Oscar, and you will be punished one way or the other.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
    • El Guapo

      You're about as real as his legs.

      February 21, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Arizona

      holy s#%t!!! It snowed in one of the hottest places on earth. Phoenix Arizona! That's not news???

      February 21, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Heysoos

      el guapo I highly doubt that you are what your name implies. Anyone that spreads religious hate is anything but handsome. Maybe we should tell all god fearing people of the world to go take a shower In a German death camp with your mentality.

      February 21, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • hannah

      Here's the thing , god: I'm suffering plenty already. I am devastated. It was a horrible accident, and as you know, I've never denied having done it.
      Oscar.

      February 21, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    really...the stampede to free this guy over another person's dead body is amazing...him and the baby slapper should share a cup of coffee...

    February 21, 2013 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • MrBojangles

      Because every person ever accused of a crime is guilty. I can't figure out why people keep insisting on bothering to have trials anymore. We should just try them on CNN message boards and be done with it.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. bibi adepoju

    The concept of 'equal' (in human treatment) needs to be explained to the ANC women's league. You do not provide steps (stairs) for a wheelchair-bound person, for example. In that context, equal access implies the provision of facilities that meet everyone's needs i.e stairs for able-bodied and ramps (or some such facility) for mobility-impaired persons.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
    • george pan

      Mr. Pistorius is hardly mobility-challenged. He is one of the fastest humans on the planet. Why should he have special treatment because of his money and celebrity status? He needs to reside in the same facilities that all other people awaiting trial have to.

      February 21, 2013 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Catapillar

      so crawl and quit crying

      February 21, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. jacki Schlemmer

    Why IS people SO judge-mental!! The case is still in the process and "some" of the public has already found Oscar
    guilty!!! (this is now turning into a "Racial thing" as far as the public is concern!!) EVERYBODY!! needs a fair trail .. NOT SO!!!! Let the law takes it's course as we have tremendous HIGHLY qualified LEGAL authorities in this country of ours ..
    (if not the BEST in the world!!!!!! SO, let them do their job and leave them alone, and wait for the outcome.. PLEASE!!!!!

    February 21, 2013 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • george pan

      Nothing wrong with talking about this issue. That is what these sites are for. People sharing their opinions. If you don't like the majority of opinions, then don't read them.

      February 21, 2013 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. cat0325

    The defense keeps pointing to her empty bladder as proof that she was going to the bathroom at 3 am. Do they not know that when you die your bladder and bowels empty – IF they haven't already done so out of fear when being shot? An empty bladder at autopsy isn't proof of ANYTHING.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • george pan

      Not just that, but she could have gone to the bathroom to get away from the bickering (over what he found on the Ipad) and relieved herself there. She probably didn't realize that her withdrawing from the volatile argument incensed him even more to the point where he likely decided to kill her.

      February 21, 2013 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Mandy Rothman

      Yeah really, if someone was shooting a me ... I would most likely pee my pants too.

      February 21, 2013 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rebos

    I have been a loyal CNN viewer since it started but have had to change to MSNBC or God forgive me, Fox News, as of late due to feeling like I am watching a TV version of the Enquirer pertaining to this case! So much vital news issues in this country and you keep this case on the TV.

    February 21, 2013 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Rebos:
      On many occasions, very important issues affecting USA citizens are overshadowed by intense media coverage of something that has little effect here, such as this runner's adventures.
      At other times, intense media coverage would appear to be propaganda intended to incite public demand for government action, as the earliest coverage of Syria's civil uprising.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Janet

    I just can't understand why there is a "mini trial". The argument should be whether he is a flight risk or not! Does anyone think Oscar Pistorius could flee the country? How silly can one get to think he can get away with his disability and well known face all over the world?? What does it matter if he has investments or property all over the world. He surely did not plan years ago to murder Reeva Steenkamp? I fact I believe he NEVER planed to murder anybody!!

    February 21, 2013 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      He certainly could delay a full hearing by visiting a country with scant extradition laws!

      February 21, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. ken

    this is not fair to the diseased what oscar is saying is fabricating story just admit and get a lesser sentence you killed an innocent woman

    February 21, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • hannah

      I guess YOU were there, since you KNOW what happened, eh? I'm glad they don't have juries in SA – someone like YOU might be on it!

      February 21, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    ...Um...what? Do you have Tourette's keyboard? Or do you typically just blurt out random things on a blog where I haven't even appeared yet?

    February 21, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mick

      that comment was in regards to your completely inept argument about the debt talks. CNN evidentally doesn't want the truth to be known about obomba creating this debacle cuzz my comment has been deleted. Yes Obama demanded it in 2011 and congress passed it. Go crawl back in your hole where you completely disregard the facts on the matter

      February 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hannah

    To George Pan: He is not awaiting trial you ninny. He is awaiting a RULING ON HIS BAIL! He's waiting where everyone else awaits bail! Why are you people so hateful??????

    February 21, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. hannah

    Does anyone – including you – have any clue what you're ranting about?

    February 21, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. ..

    "I got 98% of what I asked for." -John Boehner regarding this measure in 2011

    February 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jason

    He has a lame excuse and should be jailed

    February 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jason

    Does he get to keep his legs in jail? They could be considered dangerous weapons.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. little mister©

    He is guilty.
    Fry im!

    February 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
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