London - CBS News has learned police believe Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, was in her nightgown in the bedroom when she was first shot. She slept in the same bed as Pistorius, police said. She then ran to the bathroom and locked herself inside, where she was shot in the head, hand and arm. Pistorius reportedly broke through the bathroom door and carried his dying girlfriend down the stairs. Oscar Pistorius, famous for overcoming odds as a double-amputee to compete in the Olympics, was charged Thursday with murdering his girlfriend.
Comments: First there was Tiger, Then, Lance. Now this athletic "hero" with his choice of "hotties." Except, it seems Pistorius may have gone a little too far and killed his. Yesterday, we heard that she was shot four times through a bathroom door, while sitting on a sink. This is much more devastating to Pistorius and his defense. Either way, what a long fall from grace.
The details seem more and more convincing that this was a murder, but to me, not premeditated. If everything I have read is factual, The two had been in the house for hours, had been arguing, at least she was in bedclothes, he may or may not have clubbed her, and she went into the bathroom where she was shot through the door multiple times. He will have to come up with quite a story to be innocent of this mayhem. Some of the data I have read is not consistent so its hard to be totally accurate, but surely the authorities there are on top of things.
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The details reveal that Steenkamp "was in her nightgown in the bedroom when she was first shot . . . then ran to the bathroom and locked herself inside, where she was shot in the head, hand and arm."
Notably missing from those details: Were those follow-up shots fired through the bathroom door? If not, then Pistorius´ claim (that he thought he was shooting an intruder) becomes surpassingly implausible.
But that´s really stretching the principle of presumed innocence... I would not believe any suggestion that after being shot the first time Steenkamp didn´t shout or even mumble any protest (e.g. "It´s me, you idiot!" or even just "Don´t shoot!") that he would recognize in a darkened room as her voice. Can´t imagine any other aspects to this that offer Oscar any possibility of injecting plausible doubt.
So, I hate to admit, I´m with #1 on this. Does RSA have capital punishment? Do they use hanging, firing squad, ´old sparky´, or maybe crocodile cage fight?
What is it with successful sports figures? Did they start out life with enormous egos? The press, as is their custom, overdoes it by making them even bigger than life. Pretty soon they believe they are "bigger than life" and the peon girlfriends/masses better see them that way or else.
So far, the evidence discussed / released by the police looks pretty bad for him. What is usually the case is that there is a whole lot more evidence than is made public. In addition, "Trial by Media" doesn´t do either side any good. The only ones who really know what happened in that house are him, her and God. Unfortunately for all the speculators here, that is probably how it will stay.
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