Oscar Pistorius premeditated murder charge: Judge upgrades charge in case over Reeva Steenkamp death

The charge against Oscar Pistorius has been upgraded to premeditated murder after a judge said Tuesday that he could not exclude the possibility of premeditation and planning in the shooting death of the Olympian's girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The prosecution had argued that Pistorius killed Steenkamp, that it was murder and it was premeditated.

The hearing for track star Oscar Pistorius has been adjourned without a decision about bail. The court will reconvene Wednesday morning. Pistorius, held in connection with his girlfriend's killing, will spend the night in jail.

South African track star Oscar Pistorius denied he had "any intention" to kill his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he said in a statement read in court by his lawyer.

From CNN's Diane McCarthy in Pretoria, South Africa

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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius says he shot his girlfriend to death by mistake, thinking she was a robber.

The double amputee said in an affidavit read by his lawyer at his bail hearing Tuesday that he felt vulnerable because he did not have on his prosthetic legs when he pumped bullets into the locked bathroom door.

Then he realized that model Reeva Steenkamp was not in his bed. He says "It filled me with horror and fear ..."

He put on his legs, tried to kick down the door, then bashed it in with a cricket bat to find Steenkamp, 29, shot inside.

He said he ran downstairs with her, but "She died in my arms."

 


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