“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius’ trial over the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp will be partially televised but the Olympian's testimony will not be filmed, a South African judge ruled Tuesday.
Three remote-controlled TV cameras will be allowed to "obtain a video and audio recording of the permitted portions" of the trial, Pretoria High Court Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said.
These include the opening arguments, prosecution witnesses, closing arguments, the verdict and sentencing. However, cameras will not be able to film the 26-year-old double amputee sprinter, defense witnesses or anyone else who objects to being on camera. Complete audio recordings will be allowed.
Prosecutors believe Pistorius and Steenkamp were arguing the night she died. According to leaked evidence, Pistorius told security guards that there was nothing wrong after Steenkamp was killed, South African media reported Friday.
Pistorius, who admits to killing Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, maintains that he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder when he fired four shots through his locked bathroom door.
"No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved - and continues to love Reeva," Pistorius posted on his website this Valentine's Day. "The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
Emma Ong of NBC News contributed to this report.
First published February 25 2014, 4:57 AM
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