Published February 20, 2013
| Sports Network
Pretoria, South Africa – South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius will spend yet another night in jail, as his bail hearing for the killing of his girlfriend will continue Thursday.
According to News24 in South Africa, Wednesday's dramatic day of testimony included defense lawyer Barry Roux attacking the police's investigation of the shooting.
Pistorius said in an affidavit read in court Tuesday that Reeva 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.
Roux questioned a witness statement that screaming was heard before gunshots, saying the individual who overheard an alleged argument lived 600 meters away.
Police Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha said that he was capable of showing through witness statements and phone records that Pistorius and Steenkamp had been fighting before the Valentine's Day shooting.
Botha added that he believed Pistorius knew Steenkamp was in the bathroom, but when asked if the police found anything inconsistent with the version of events presented by Pistorius, Botha responded that they had not.
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.