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Pistorius case being heard by Supreme Court, prosecutors again pushing for murder conviction

  • Chief state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, waits before the hearing gets under way in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The state would argue that Pistorius' conviction of culpable homicide should be replaced with the initial and more serious charge of murder after South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius, freed on parole last month after serving a fifth of his prison term for killing his girlfriend, Reeve Steenkamp should be replaced with the initial and more serious charge of murder. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool Photo via AP)

    Chief state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, waits before the hearing gets under way in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The state would argue that Pistorius' conviction of culpable homicide should be replaced with the initial and more serious charge of murder after South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius, freed on parole last month after serving a fifth of his prison term for killing his girlfriend, Reeve Steenkamp should be replaced with the initial and more serious charge of murder. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chief state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, left, and mother of the late Reeve Steenkamp, June, right, converse in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Oscar Pistorius' case is being heard by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal, where prosecutors are again pushing for a murder conviction against the double-amputee athlete for shooting his girlfriend.  (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool Photo via AP)

    Chief state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, left, and mother of the late Reeve Steenkamp, June, right, converse in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Oscar Pistorius' case is being heard by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal, where prosecutors are again pushing for a murder conviction against the double-amputee athlete for shooting his girlfriend. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Defence lawyer Barry Roux waits before the hearing gets under way in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius, freed on parole last month after serving a fifth of his prison term for killing his girlfriend, Reeve Steenkamp. The state would argue that Pistorius' conviction of culpable homicide should be replaced with the initial and more serious charge of murder. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool Photo via AP)

    Defence lawyer Barry Roux waits before the hearing gets under way in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius, freed on parole last month after serving a fifth of his prison term for killing his girlfriend, Reeve Steenkamp. The state would argue that Pistorius' conviction of culpable homicide should be replaced with the initial and more serious charge of murder. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Oscar Pistorius' case is being heard by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal, where prosecutors are again pushing for a murder conviction against the double-amputee athlete for shooting his girlfriend.

Prosecutors and Pistorius' defense lawyers present arguments Tuesday to a panel of five judges, who will decide if Pistorius' manslaughter conviction should stand or if it should be changed to a more serious murder conviction. The judges could also order another trial.

Prosecutors say a judge made an error at Pistorius' trial last year when she acquitted him of murder for killing Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was instead found guilty of culpable homicide, a charge comparable to manslaughter, and sentenced to five years in prison.

The Olympic runner, who is currently under house arrest, was not at Tuesday's hearing.