It’s been over a year since South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The case and trial for her death has already felt like a decade and will likely be drawn out long enough to feel twice that long. The trial seems to be picking up steam, at least in the media, as Pistorius testified on Monday during his murder trial that he’s hoping to end on what could morbidly be called a silver lining.
The video of Pistorius’ testimony is tear-jerking, even though you can’t see the man who became known on the track as “Blade Runner”. His quivering lip and broken voice tempt the viewer/listener to believe that he’s innocent, especially when he apologizes to Steenkamp’s family and talks about how the incident haunts him in his sleep.
Of course, the main commentary surrounding the case from those most informed make it seem like this was Pistorius’ only chance to save himself from a certain life sentence. The thought process that stems from witnesses recently stating they heard Steenkamp’s blood-curdling scream during the four gunshots by Pistorius is that fact will doom him. He’s being tried for premeditated murder, so such testimony by the witnesses is crucial to deciding his fate.