Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 2/19/13
It is always innocent until proven guilty in my eyes. Then I look at the information from both sides and see what makes sense. Take the emotion out of it and look at it from a logical perspective.  Take away the names and faces, just look at the situation as if they were just people that no one in the world knew. That is how I form my opinions. There are two sides to every story, so you want to take your time to explore both. First, here is what Pistorius said happen. The double amputee said in an affidavit read by his lawyer at his bail hearing that he felt vulnerable because he did not have on his prosthetic legs when he pumped bullets into the locked bathroom door. Then, Pistorius said in the sworn statement, he realized that model Reeva Steenkamp was not in his bed. He put on his prosthetic 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.” Here is what the cops said happened. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel on Tuesday charged the 26-year-old athlete and Olympian with premeditated murder, alleging he took the time to put on his legs and walk some 7 meters from the bed to the bathroom door before opening fire. Nel told the court that Pistorius fired into the door of a small bathroom where Steenkamp was cowering after a shouting match. He fired four times and three bullets hit Steenkamp, the prosecutor said. “She couldn’t go anywhere. You can run nowhere,” prosecutor Nel argued. “It must have been horrific.” Those are the two stories and there is one major flaw in Pistorius’ story, that his defense team is going to have to explain fully. If someone breaks into your house and locks themselves in the bathroom, why would you need to shoot them? There is no immediate threat, because they are in the bathroom. If you have a weapon, why wouldn’t you call out to them, letting them know you are armed and for them to identify themselves? Why just immediately start shooting holes in your bathroom, without knowing exactly what was going on? These are common sense questions that will need to be answered by Pistorius in court.
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