In the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day 2013,
Oscar Pistorius, the "Blade Runner" said he lay in bed next to his girlfriend
of three months, Reeva Steencamp. He got up to move two fans off of this
balcony which is off of the bedroom.
Oscar Pistorius says that after moving the fans, he heard the
sound of a bathroom window closing – the larger window in the red box. Some
workers had left a ladder at the base of the house and Pistorius feared
a burglar might have used the ladder to enter through the window.
Pistorius said he grabbed his 9 mm handgun from under his
bed to protect girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and himself from the intruder. He was not wearing his
prosthetic legs as he made his way over to the bathroom to investigate the
source of the noise, shouting to Reeva to get down and call police. Pistorius
testified that he believed Reeva was still in bed.
Oscar Pistorius said he then heard a noise inside the toilet
room and fired four bullets through the door, as seen here. At court, the
bullet trajectory was demonstrated using a laser pointer, also visible by the red dot in this
photo. This door might be the single most important piece of evidence at trial.
Oscar Pistorius testified that soon after firing the gun, he
realized that Reeva was not in bed. He put on his prosthetic legs, and after
failing to open the locked door by kicking it, he retrieved this cricket bat, which is inscribed with his name.
The scene behind the door was grisly: one of the three
bullets that struck Reeva Steenkamp had hit her in the head. Prosecutors allege that the
couple had an argument that night, and that Pistorius shot her deliberately out of
anger. He has maintained his innocence, insisting that he believed it wasn’t
Reeva behind the door.
Neighbors testified to hearing terrified screams that night, and
tweets were read in court showing that Steenkamp sometimes feared Pistorius'
is unclear who had been screaming, Oscar, Reeva or both.
phone was found on the bathroom floor, although no calls from her
number were registered at the time of the shooting. Had Reeva run into
the bathroom to phone for help?