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Oscar Pistorius weeps on stand, apologizes to Reeva Steenkamp’s family

By, Cindy Boren (The Washington Post) Oscar Pistorius is on the witness stand this morning, to answer questions for the first time about what happened Feb. 14, ...

It has not been disputed that the sprinter shot Steenkamp, but only she and Pistorius know what happened that night and Pistorius has not spoken about in detail about why he fired a gun through a locked bathroom door, striking Steenkamp.

The case is being heard by a judge, since South Africa abolished trial by jury in 1969, and Pistorius may have a tough time escaping some form of punishment. Premeditated murder, the most serious charge he faces, carries a minimum 25-year prison sentence. There is the possibility that a lesser charge of culpable homicide could be applied if the judge finds that Pistorius believed he needed to act in self-defense. The sentence for that charge is at the judge’s discretion. The trial is expected to last at least another month.

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