Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Begins, South Africa and the World Transfixed

by Rachel Baker on March 3, 2014

And it begins. The murder trial of Blade Runner, which according to the Guardian is being compared to the OJ Simpson trial (really?!) has begun with all the news fanfare one would expect.

The trial did not start smoothly. According to the Bleacher Report, the trial was delayed on Day one due to the lack of Interpreter http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1979112-oscar-pistorius-murder-trial-day-1-delayed-by-lack-of-interpreter

Also, Pistorius pled not guilty at the start of the trial, though I’m sure most knew this would be the case.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/pistorius-murder-trial-begins-051850478–spt.html

Not only did the trial begin with a plead of not guilty, shortly after, the first witness testified that on that fateful night, she heard what she described as “blood curdling” screams before the sound of four gunshots.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/pistorius-murder-trial-begins-051850478–spt.html

Needless to say, South Africa (and the world) is transfixed and here’s the story:

The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius begins today as South Africa prepares for what is expected to be a marathon legal battle that throws a spotlight not just on the world-famous double-amputee athlete, but on his homeland’s criminal justice system and gun culture.

The trial, which has been compared to that of the OJ Simpson case in the United States 20 years ago, has led to the establishment in South Africa of a unique cable television channel dedicated to it.

The 24-hour channel, called The Oscar Pistorius Trial – A Carte Blanche Channel, launched on Sunday night with footage of the sportsman’s girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead by him in the early hours of the morning on February 14 last year at his home. While the Olympian denies murder and says that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, the prosecution maintains that he intentionally shot her several times after an argument.

Check out the remainder of the article here:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/03/oscar-pistorius-trial-begins

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