New details are emerging about the shooting that raises questions about what Pistorius knew, or didn’t know, when he fired his 9mm handgun at what he claimed was an intruder in his home.
Among the latest pieces of information; Pistorius fired four shots through a closed bathroom door striking Steenkamp at least three times, including one shot to the head.
Pistorius also has a history of reckless behavior. He crashed a speedboat in 2009 and suffered multiple injuries after witnesses said he was operating the boat drunk. He also had some previous run-ins involving women. He wrecked a car in Italy after falling asleep at the wheel on his way to meet a married woman late at night.
He lived a privileged life in a mansion in a gated community in an eastern suburb of South Africa’s capital, Pretoria and was highly regarded. But police hinted at a darker side, according to reports out of South Africa.
That included previous alleged incidents of domestic abuse, a personality disorder bordering on paranoia and an obsession with guns.
Police have also uncovered a contradiction in Pistorius claim that he thought he was shooting at a burglar. Steenkamp arrived at his house in the gated community at 6:15 p.m. the evening before the murder, according to a police review of close-circuit security video footage.
That may explain Prosecutor Gerrie Nel’s decision to seek the harshest murder charge possible in South Africa.
The charge suggests that police have uncovered evidence that he planned to kill Steenkamp. If convicted of premeditated murder, the former role model could spend at least 25 years in prison.
While Pistorius did not enter a plea during the hearing, his family and his management company said he would fight the charges. He also expressed sympathy for the victim’s family.
The 26-year-old, a double amputee, was a national hero in his home country of South Africa and known throughout the world for his thrilling performance at the 2012 London Olympics.
Using carbon-fiber blade-like devices he reached the semi-finals of the 400 meter sprint and the final of the 4X400 relay, becoming the first disabled athlete to ever compete in the regular Olympics.