Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee and South African Olympian who was arrested and charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, last Valentine’s Day, will be heading to court for the final time in early March.
Pistorius, 27, fatally shot 29-year-old Steenkamp in the early morning hours of February 14th after he says he mistook her for an intruder in his bedroom. According to investigators, Pistorius fired his weapon at Steenkamp through the bathroom door four times, hitting the South African model with three of those bullets.
Now, South African investigators are pursuing the phone records from Pistorius’ iPhone, hoping to gain access to information they can present to convict Pistorius at his murder trial. According to The Associated Press, South Africa’s Eyewitness News stated that the police in the country are appealing to the FBI to force Apple to release the phone records.
Also concerning Pistorius, new information has been released regarding the civil case he was embroiled in with Cassidy Taylor-Memmory, a woman who says that her leg was injured at Pistorius’ home in September 2009 when he slammed and then punched a door.
The runner’s spokeswoman, Anneliese Burgess, said Wednesday that Taylor-Memmory and Pistorius had reached an agreement in an out-of-court settlement in late 2013 after the Olympian’s attorneys advised him that he could not battle both a civil suit and a criminal suit at the same time.
Taylor-Memmory first told Eyewitness News about the settlement, saying that Pistorius agreed to pay her court costs and drop his own $200,000 counter-suit, which cited that Taylor-Memmory’s allegations were false and that he had been arrested without probable cause.
“I agreed to it because I was so tired of it weighing me down. It became so difficult at a stage that I needed a bodyguard when I went out in public due to all the hate rants,” Taylor-Memmory said.
Oscar Pistorius will go to trial at the North Guateng High Court in the capital city of Pretoria on March 3rd; he is facing both the premeditated murder charge in Reeva Steenkamp’s death, as well as firearms-related charges.
Steenkamp’s family is still in negotiations with Pistorius in an out-of-court settlement stemming from Reeva’s death, and hope to finalize an agreement before the murder trial begins.
Steenkamp’s family members have not attended any of the court hearings involving Reeva’s death, but have stated that the young woman’s mother, June, will be at the trial in March.
“June and other family members will be at the trial in Pretoria. All we are looking for is closure and to know that our daughter did not suffer on that tragic Valentine’s Day,” said a statement released by the Steenkamps.
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