ParaOlympic champion Oscar Pistorius' trial for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend is set to begin. (Photo Credit: Google Images)
ParaOlympic champion Oscar Pistorius’ trial for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend is set to begin. (Photo Credit: Google Images)

Reporting for Good Morning America, Liezl Thorn reports South Africa’s ‘Trial of the Century’ featuring disgraced national Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius will begin Monday in Pretoria. Pistorius is accused of premeditated murder in the death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius, a double-amputee is known as the  ‘Blade Runner’ and rose to international fame as the first Paralympian to compete with able-bodied athletes.  Thorn reports:

“While his prosecutors are claiming he acted with murderous intent, Pistorius insists it was a case of mistaken identity. He argues that he acted in self-defense after mistaking Steenkamp for an intruder. All indications are that he’ll plead not guilty to the charges against him. Apart from the murder charge, he’s also accused of illegal possession of ammunition and two counts of discharging a firearm in public.

The prosecution will set out to prove that Pistorius, 27, intended to kill Steenkamp when he fired four shots through a locked bathroom door — fatally wounding the 29-year-old model, lawyer and reality TV star.”

This trial is being called South Africa’s trial of the century because of the international attention that the case has drawn.

Read more at ABC News.

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