Oscar Pistorius Says He Wanted to Protect Girlfriend He Killed

April 8, 2014 12:02 AM

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Former Olympian and Paralymian Oscar Pistorius told the family of Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend who he shot and killed on Valentines Day of 2013, that he wanted to protect her. As he took the stand in his own defense today, he broke down in tears and said he apologizes to Reeva Steenkamp’s parents for shooting and killing her. In a trembling voice, ex-Track and Field star told Steenkamp’s family and the court that “I just wanted to protect Reeva.” He went on to state that he had thought continuously about the victim’s family. In addition to claiming feelings of deep regret, and a wish to protect his 29-year old girlfriend, that he suffers from sleep related issues, “I’m scared to sleep. I can smell blood and wake up terrified.” The defendant went on to state that he is on anti-depressant medication.

Pistorius’ testimony is the latest round in a court case that has been dubbed “The Trial of the Century.” The defendant, who won international acclaim for competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics, while also competing in the Paralympic Games. The 27-year old defendant shot Steenkamp through a bathroom ...

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