Trial For Olympian Oscar Pistorius Begins

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — One of the most anticipated athlete trials will take place in South Africa Monday. Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic sprinter, is set to appear in court to begin a trial where he is charged with murdering his girlfriend in his South African home.

Both prosecutors and defendants said in court back in February 19 that Pistorius fired four shots through a bathroom door, hitting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, three times. He was charged with a schedule 6 criminal offense, which relates to serious crimes, including premeditated murder. If convicted, Pistorius could face 25 years to life.

The trial is expected to last up to six weeks, and up to 100 people could testify. Along with the long process, a 24-hour station TV channel is being devoted to the trial and will air many of the court proceedings. The trial will also face heavy discussion on social media.

The family of the South African sprinter believes Pistorius is getting an unfair look by the media covering the trial. Along with the TV coverage, Time, Vanity Fair, and other major media markets have written stories and documentaries about him and the trial. Even if found not guilty, his image has most likely taken too big of a hit to overcome.

Stick with Full Scale Sports for updated on “The Trial of the Century” as many have deemed it.



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