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Pistorius hires American help for murder trial

NEED TO KNOW
  • Oscar Pistorius, nicknamed the 'Blade Runner,' is accused of killing his girlfriend
  • Pistorius says it was an accident, and he is 'mortified'
  • The track star has hired an American forensics team to help with his defense
Pistorius hires American help for murder trial

Does 'Blade Runner' Pistorius' story make sense?

Does 'Blade Runner' Pistorius' story make sense?

Recap: Why 'Blade Runner' is on trial for murder

Recap: Why 'Blade Runner' is on trial for murder

Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius is paying an American forensics team to combat the prosecution’s evidence in his upcoming murder trial, which is scheduled for next year.

Read more: South Africans "struggling" with Pistorius shooting

The track star’s spokeswoman, Anneliese Burgess, told CNN the team is in South Africa, and has already met with his defense attorneys. She says Pistorius will use the team’s expert testimony to challenge the list of 107 witnesses prosecutors will call to testify against Pistorius. However, Burgess refused to identify the forensics experts or disclose any more details as long as the team remained in the country. 

Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder for shooting Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend, on February 13, 2013. The track star tearfully told a judge at a hearing days after the shooting that he was “mortified” and did not intend to kill her. He said he mistook her for someone breaking into his home.

Read more: Steenkamp's Uncle says he forgives Pistorius

The "Blade Runner"'s trial is scheduled to begin March 3. If convicted, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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