Oscar Pistorius read in court today a heartbreaking Valentine's Day card that Reeva Steenkamp gave to him before he shot her to death.
"Roses are red, violets are blue, I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you," the message reads.
Pistorius' defense advocate asked him to read the card aloud after the state concluded its cross-examination of the double-amputee athlete in connection to his slaying of girlfriend Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.
As prosecutor Gerrie Nel wrapped up the state's five-day cross-examination, he alleged that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp.
“She was locked into the bathroom, and you armed yourself with the sole purpose of shooting and killing her … and that’s what you did,” Nel said. “Afterwards, indeed, you were overcome by what you’d done, that is true. Only because you intentioned to kill her. You realized that.”
Pistorius, 27, is charged with murder in Steenkamp’s death. If convicted, he could face 25 years to life in prison. Pistorius says he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.
During today’s proceedings, the prosecution asked for a break in the trial, a request the defense supports. Judge Thokozile Masipa will consider the option and announce a decision Wednesday.
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