It was just yesterday that news broke of the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, the 30-year-old girlfriend of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius. But today, Pistorius has already had to stand in front of the judge, and while he broke down after being charged with murder, he’s going to have more to be upset about with prosecutors currently working to charge him with premeditated murder.
In Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pistorius was seen balling as his charges were delivered, and his father, standing behind the defense table, sought to comfort him. According to CBS News, prosecutors want to make the case that Pistorius had planned to kill Steenkamp, going against rumors that the track star confused his girlfriend for an intruder. Steenkamp was shot four times in all according to the Business Insider, once in the head, once in the pelvis, once in the hand, and one more time in the chest. And according to police, they had been called to Pistorius’ house in the past for “domestic incidents,” and that neighbors allegedly heard things earlier before the shooting. All things that authorities say they are going to take into consideration in the investigation.
According to CBS News, the mother of an ex-girlfriend of Pistorius’ took to Facebook to let the world know that the track star is far from a figure to be sorry for right now. Trish Taylor wrote, “I’m so glad Sammy is safe and out of the clutches of that man.” But on the other hand, another ex-girlfriend, Jenna Edkins, says via Twitter that the athlete is being judged too harshly too soon:
“All I am saying is let him speak, let his side be heard without jumping to conclusions.”
“I have dated Oscar on and off for 5 YEARS, NOT ONCE has he EVER lifted a finger to me or made me fear for my life.”
But while people that claim to know him are trashing and defending his name online, those that know him best, his family, are by his side. Pistorius and his family are against the charges, and released a statement earlier today thanking those who have shown support to him since yesterday’s shooting, and re-emphasized the importance of remembering Steenkamp during this time. “He would also like to express his thanks through us today for all the messages of support he has received — but as stated our thoughts and prayers today should be for Reeva and her family — regardless of the circumstances of this terrible, terrible tragedy.”
Pistorius will go back to court next Tuesday and Wednesday, and according to CNN, will be held at a police station in the meantime as bail has not been granted, and authorities oppose the idea of him being released at all.