Pistorius says shooting death was a mistake; thought girlfriend Steenkamp was a robber

Olympian charged with premeditated murder

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius says he shot his girlfriend to death by mistake, thinking she was a robber.
 
The double amputee said in an affidavit read by his lawyer at his bail hearing Tuesday that he felt vulnerable because he did not have on his prosthetic legs when he pumped bullets into the locked bathroom door.
 
Then he realized that model Reeva Steenkamp was not in his bed. He says "It filled me with horror and fear ..."
 
He put on his legs, tried to kick down the door, then bashed it in with a cricket bat to find Steenkamp, 29, shot inside.
 
He said he ran downstairs with her, but "She died in my arms."

However, a South African prosecutor has charged Pistorius with the premeditated murder.

The prosecutor said Tuesday that Pistorius shot 29-year-old Steenkamp four times through the bathroom door of his home in a guarded and gated complex in the South African capital, Pretoria. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court the door had been broken open.

The family of the 26-year-old Paralympian and Olympic athlete says police evidence will show there should be no murder charge in the Valentine's Day shooting.

Pistorius, in a gray suit, blue shirt and tie appeared grim and solemn in court. He nodded after the chief magistrate asked if he was well.

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