The Oscar Pistorius trial is live streaming from South Africa and his murder trial has been the biggest story in the nation in recent weeks and the courtroom coverage has been televised in part and picks up again on Wednesday after a number of dramatic days with compelling and emotional testimony from witnesses and the media coverage has been insane and ESPN presents it live starting at 12 am midnight.
The 27 year old Olympian has pled not guilty to the charges of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was killed by Pistorius in the early morning of February 14, 2013 after he claims he mistook her for an intruder. Steenkamp was killed in the bathroom of Pistorius's home and witnesses were called about what they heard early that morning from the home during the incident. A witness called to the stand on Tuesday gave testimony that she heard screams of a woman on Valentine's Day and that she still breaks down from it.
The prosecution in the case is looking to charge Pistorius with premeditated murder, saying that Pistorius intentionally shot Steenkamp after the two had an argument. The Olympian claims that he mistook her for an intruder in the bathroom and shot her through the door, firing four shots and hitting her three times in the head and once in the arm. The witnesses directly contradict the story, with Michelle Burger saying that she heads screams and gunshots and also someone calling for help.
Pistorius could face over 20 years in jail for the murder and there was a bit of an interruption in the proceedings when a picture of the witness was broadcast on TV. Pistorius is one of the most high profile people in South Africa and this is a huge media spectacle around the world due to his Olympic participation. The trial coverage on WatchESPN starts around 12 am midnight and goes to about 9 am ET and the Olympic track star is facing 25 years and in South Africa they do not have jury trials and that means the judge will be the one deciding if Pistorius is guilty or not.
The witness described hearing screaming and Pistorius claims that the person in the bathroom was an intruder and that means it contradicts what he said, as he thought Steenkamp was in the bedroom still when he shot into the bathroom. The witness said that she woke up in the early morning and heard screams before gunshots and her home is 200 yards from where Pistorius lives. The prosecution believes that the shooting was preceded by an argument between the two and it would directly go against Pistorius' account, as he did not say there was any screaming at the time of the shooting.