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Statistics show that guns in the home for protection are far more likely to be used in the accidental killing of a family member or guest than against an intruder. This is once again another example of that.
Based on the article, it seems rather clear to me that it wasn't an accidental killing; but who knows what might evolve from the evidence and trial.
An interesting aspect to this unfolding story is that the decision as to whether or not Pistorius is guilty of murder lies solely with a single magistrate, not a jury. His story simply doesn't hang together logically, IMO.
He says he didn't realize his girlfriend was not next to him in bed. I think the first thing I would do is whisper to the person next to me, "I think there's an intruder in the house."
Bad police work here is going to make it tough on the jurors.
oldmannickel - no jurors.
oldmannickel: I would agree but S. Africa doesn't have jurors...just the judge decides his fate.
Here we go again. Another high profile case. None of us were there, but we hear 3 sentences and think we know exactly what happened. Also we all know without a doubt what we would have done in the same situation, and are therefore fully qualified to cast judgement on any actions taken. Here's the bottom line, if you, yes you, are ever accused of a crime big enough to hit the media, it doesn't matter if you did it or not, you will suffer. These things shouldn't be covered until the trial is over.
"Pistorius, 26, said in an affidavit read in court Tuesday that he and his 29-year-old girlfriend had gone to bed and that when he awoke during the night he detected what he thought was an intruder in the bathroom. He testified that he grabbed his 9 mm pistol and fired into the door of a toilet enclosed in the bathroom, only to discover later to his horror that Steenkamp was there, mortally wounded." OK Gun Groupies! Do you still keep a handgun under your pillow?
Shooting someone on the other side of a door when you are unsure of who is on the other side should be considered 2nd degree murder. There is nothing accidental when it comes to gross negligence and utter stupidity.
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