Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The defense continues to present evidence today from Pistorius’s neighbors confirming his distraught emotional state after he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp. As I said yesterday, I do not believe this evidence helps his cause because no one disputes that he was upset.
The central issue in this case is whether he was upset because he killed her by mistake believing she was an intruder or was he upset because he took her life and destroyed his own after losing his temper during an argument. Since either scenario could have caused his extreme emotional distress, we must direct our attention away from his reaction and focus it on evidence that will assist us to determine what caused it.
Inconsistencies in his various statements about the events that evening and inconsistencies between his statements and the evidence at the crime scene should ultimately determine the outcome of this trial. Forensics will be critical.
Here are the links to today’s events in trial.
Join us in the comments below as we continue to watch and discuss this tragic case.