Published February 19, 2013
| Sports Network
Pretoria, South Africa – South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius will spend another night in jail, as his bail hearing for the killing of his girlfriend continues Wednesday.
According to News24 in South Africa, Tuesday's emotional day of testimony included arguments that Pistorius did not intend to shoot Reeva Steenkamp, who was killed last Thursday at the runner's home. Prosecutors intend to charge him with premeditated murder.
Steenkamp's funeral was Tuesday morning.
Pistorius' lawyer read an affidavit in court Tuesday, in which the double- amputee athlete denied any intention to kill his girlfriend.
In the affidavit, recounted by News24, Pistorius said Steenkamp was with him the night of the shooting. He said he heard a noise in the bathroom and, thinking it was an intruder, got his gun -- a 9-mm pistol he said he keeps under his bed. He said he fired shots through the door and told Steenkamp to call the police.
When he realized Steenkamp was not in bed with him, Pistorius thought it may have been her in the bathroom. He said he called paramedics and security officers in his building complex, and tried to carry her down the stairs for help. He said she died in his arms.
Pistorius, in the affidavit, said he would not evade a trial if released on bail.
Steenkamp, a model who was 30 years old, and Pistorius had reportedly been dating since November.
Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner," made history at the London Olympics last year when he became the first double-amputee runner to compete in the Games.
The 26-year-old Pistorius had both legs amputated before he was a year old after being born without fibula bones and runs on prosthetic blades.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had initially said that his prosthetics were considered technical aids and in violation of an IAAF rule. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport later overturned that decision, making him eligible to compete against able-bodied runners.
Pistorius qualified for South Africa's Olympic team in 2012 and competed in the 400-meter race, reaching the semifinals, and the 1,600-meter relay.