An emotional day in court for the man known as the ‘Blade Runner’. 26 year old Oscar Pistorious was in tears for most of the hearing according to reports. Now, the first amputee to compete in the Olympics is facing Premeditated Murder charges for the Valentine’s Day shooting death of his model girlfriend 29 year old Reeva Steenkamp.
CNN says Pistorious was too emotional to speak. But his lawyer read this statement in court.
“I tried to render the assistance to Reeva that I could, but she died in my arms,” he said in the statement. “I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva.”
Pistorious maintains he thought he was firing at an intruder.
There are also new details emerging in the case. Police are testing boxes of drugs found in Pistorious’ bedroom the night his girlfriend was murdered. Police are also testing the runner for possible steroid use that day.
Pistorious’ hearing continues tomorrow. The judge will decide if he is eligible for bail. In a statement read by his lawyer, the Olympic sprinter said he would not try to flee or interfere with the case if given bail.