(Update 8/18/2013: Pistorius to be formally charged tomorrow with premeditated murder of Steenkamp. Not guilty plea expected with trial to begin in March 2014. No doubt, it will be a battle of the forensic experts.)
While Oscar Pistorius lawyers and the prosecution argue over whether a neighbor could hear fighting before the alleged premeditated shooting death of Pistorius’ girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, or, whether steroids or herbal remedies were found in Pistorius’ home, they fail to focus on some telling facts, as revealed in Pistorius’ bail affidavit.
1. The Victim Locked the Toilet Door.
Why would Ms. Steenkamp lock the toilet door? The toilet “is inside the bathroom and has a separate door” that had a key to lock it. Why did she lock the door? Some may close a door for privacy, or before they flick on a light, but, why lock the door, especially given it is an interior toilet? Having prosecuted many domestic violence cases, there is only one reason a victim locks a door. Protection.
2. Bedroom Sliding Doors Left Open in a High Crime Area.
Pistorius’ affidavit states, “I am acutely aware of violent crime being committed by intruders entering homes with a view to commit crime, including violent crime. I have received death threats before. I have also been a victim of violence and of burglaries before. For that reason I kept my firearm, a 9 mm Parabellum, underneath my bed when I went to bed at night. During the early morning hours of 14 February 2013, I woke up, went onto the balcony to bring the fan in and closed the sliding doors, the blinds and the curtains. I heard a noise in the bathroom and realised that someone was in the bathroom.”
If Pistorius has had intruders in the past and fears intruders, why would he leave his bedroom sliding doors open at night while he and Ms. Steenkamp slept?
And, “there are no burglar bars across the bathroom window no bars on the bathroom window.” He fears intruders, yet, no bars on bathroom window?
3. Ladders left Outside His House in a High Crime Area.
He also “knew that contractors who worked at my house had left the ladders outside.” Again, if Pistorius fears intruders, why leave ladders outside or doors or windows open?
4. Pistorius calls Friend before calling Paramedics or Police.
Most people would instinctively call paramedics or the police when a loved one has been shot.
Read Pistorius affidavit here.
Accident killing or not, this is a domestic violence killing, and the actions of the victim and the defendant are always very telling.
A terrible tragedy.
Simply my opinion, what say you?
Read my post Oscar Pistorius Intruder Defense is Nonsense.
(Update 2/21/2013: No decision on bail hearing today. Bail hearing with closing arguments continue to tomorrow. Reportedly, Ms. Steenkamp had taken her cell phone with her when she went into the bathroom at approximately 3 am. As of yesterday, the lead investigator Botha is reportedly being charged with attempted murder in an unrelated matter when he and other officers allegedly were drunk and shot into a bus of people. Although the charges had been withdrawn in 2011, they were being reconsidered prior to the Pistorius case. Botha has been taken off the case. Questions have been raised as to “preferential treatment” when Pistorius is being held at the police station rather than jail like other prisoners. BTW, as reported on Piers Morgan and CNN, Ms. Steenkamp’s brother and Pistorius’ best friend have said they have never met Pistorius and Steenkamp, respectively. Was it rage or fear? Ballistics and forensics will likely provide the answer.)
Even Lin Wood, a well-respected attorney, can’t save Herman Cain’s presidential hopes. “No credible proof, no evidence”, Attorney Wood claims on Piers Morgan this evening referring to the alleged 13 year “affair” with Ginger White.
Really, isn’t this a “he said, she, she, she, she, she said’? Maybe, we’d give an ear if Ginger White was the only one, but, there are 5 woman, so far, alleging improper sexual conduct by Mr. Cain.
Regarding Ms. White, Mr. Cain sent 17 reply texts to Ms. White’s 53 texts just in October and November alone, including one at 4 in the morning. He admits giving her money (paying her off?). And, the red flag of ’em all, his wife did not know about Ms. White.
Here we go again, right out the worn-out attorneys playbook: she’s a “troubled woman”, “had severe financial problems” and is “on a media campaign”. Blaming the victim, and blaming the media for “participating in the deterioration of our political process” as stated by Attorney Wood for covering this story is simply a distraction from the search for the truth. Besides, that playbook didn’t work for Conrad Murray and it won’t work for Herman Cain either. It’s become a tidal wave. And, Herman Cain ain’t no Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Don’t we want the media to ask questions? Isn’t the public entitled to know the truth, whatever it is?
And, please, did Lin Wood actually say on Piers Morgan, “desperate people, do desperate things” ? Oh my, if I had a nickel for every time, I heard that phrase in the courtroom, I’d be rich.
Seriously, Herman Cain is running for the Republican nomination for the US Presidency, and isn’t his character at issue?
If these allegations are true, “yikes” (to borrow Judge Pastor’s phrase), the audacity of Herman Cain to think he’d get away with hiding these missteps.
No doubt, this isn’t the end of the story.
Simply my opinion, what say you?