The Trial of the Blade Runner

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By Jacob Gallagher

Oscar Pistorius, first double leg amputee Olympian and a killer?

In 2012, the heart of the world was stolen as Oscar Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics as he represented South Africa in the 2012 Olympics. Known as the "Blade Runner," Pistorius was an inspiration to all and showed that anything really is possible. However, news came out on Valentine's Day 2013 that would shock the world.

Pistorius's girlfriend, model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, was shot by Pistorius. His trial a year later is now revealing what really happened those early morning hours of Valentine's Day. The prosecutors are trying to show that Pistorius shot Steenkamp in a heated argument, while the defense says that Pistorius shot her thinking she was an intruder.

According to CNN, Pistorius took the stand for five days to try to prove his innocence. An emotional Pistorius explained that he unconsciously pulled the trigger out of fear. He was started by the noise in the bathroom and started yelling, "Get the [expletive] out of my house." He then shot four shots, which killed Steenkamp.

The prosecution argued that Pistorius was changing his story, and that he is piling lies on top of more lies. The defense said that Steenkamp was hiding in the bathroom from an outraged Pistorius. Discrepancies in the cause of death and forensic evidence gathered by the defense has made the prosecution question the defense's forensic expert. The prosecution aims to show the "real" Pistorius, which they believe to be a selfish and violent (maybe even abusive) towards Steenkamp. Pistorius tried to discredit these claims by reading his Valentine's card during the trial (CNN).

Pistorius is done with cross-examination, but he will continue to argue his case. The trial is ongoing and is predicted to last until the middle of May. As the sports fans of the world watch, the Blade Runner's fate rest in the judge's and assessor's (the expert assistance to the judge) hands as South Africa does not have jury trial. Upon the state's request, the trial is on hold until May 5th. If Pistorius is found guilty on the charges of premeditated murder that he is charged with, he will face 25 years to life in prison.