Despite speculation that double amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius accidently shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, prosecutors said they would pursue a “premeditated murder” charge for the incident.
When Pistorius, 26, left a police station before arriving at court, a media frenzy ensued and the runner had to cover his head with a coat. Upon arriving at the South African courthouse, Pistorius broke down in tears when the judge officially charged him.
A grim-faced Pistorius, dressed in a dark suit, shook uncontrollably with his head buried in his hands during the hearing at a packed courtroom in Pretoria.
An application for bail was postponed until next Tuesday and Pistorius will remain in police custody.
The athlete released a statement by way of his agent that disputed the charge in the “strongest terms.”