Prosecutors in South Africa sought Tuesday to convince a panel of judges that Oscar Pistorius should be convicted of murder rather than culpable homicide for shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, to death on Valentine’s Day 2013. The hearing has adjourned. A ruling could take a month, although the five-judge panel could choose to expedite the procedure.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the judicial panel that the judge at the trial had made an error of law. “On the objective facts, the accused cannot escape the conviction of murder,” Nel told the judges.
Pistorius, once an athletic golden boy, has not deny shooting Steenkamp to death through his bathroom door, but he has maintained that he thought there was an intruder there. What do you think?