IS OSCAR PISTORIUS GUILTY OF MURDER OR INNOCENT? "48 HOURS" WILL BE IN THE COURTROOM WHEN A SOUTH AFRICAN JUDGE DECIDES THE OLYMPIC SPRINTER'S FATE
A FORMER GIRLFRIEND ALSO SPEAKS OUT IN "48 HOURS: BLADE RUNNER: THE VERDICT" - FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 2014, 8:00 PM, ET
Is Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder or innocent? "48 HOURS" will be in the courtroom this week when a South African judge reveals her decision on whether the Olympic sprinter murdered his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, or if her death was an accident. The decision, along with a revealing interview with Pistorius' former girlfriend, Samantha Taylor, will be part of a new primetime special called 48 HOURS: "Blade Runner: The Verdict," to be broadcast Friday, Sept. 12 (8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The special will examine all angles of the case, and feature an inside look at Pistorius' home where Steenkamp died.
"Oscar was different with Reeva - Reeva was for keeps," TV host Jen Su, a friend of Pistorius, tells 48 HOURS. She had dinner with the couple two weeks before Steenkamp died.
"Blade Runner: The Verdict" features reporting by correspondents Debora Patta, Peter Van Sant and Richard Schlesinger, and is a comprehensive look at what has been called the South African "trial of the century," as told through interviews with friends of the couple as well as legal, forensic and psychological experts.
Pistorius, a double amputee who drew the world's attention at the Olympics, was tried for the murder of Steenkamp, a beautiful model and reality show star, who was shot dead on Feb. 14, 2013, in the bathroom of the runner's home. Prosecutors maintain he shot her in a fit of rage, while Pistorius said he fired his gun through the bathroom door at what he thought was an intruder.
The hour-long broadcast also includes an interview with Pistorius' closest family friend and father figure, Mike Azzie; Samantha Taylor and her mother, Trish Taylor; CBS News animations that bring to life the defense and prosecution cases for viewers; and analysis by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Alexander Sasha Bardey and others. The broadcast will also examine the tendency of some athletes to be violent in their lives off of the field, such as suspended NFL running back Ray Rice.
48 HOURS: "Blade Runner: The Verdict" is produced by James Stolz, Josh Gelman, Kim Kennedy, Marcelena Spencer, and Sarah Carter. Marlon Disla, Ken Blum, Michael Vele, Phil Tangel, David Spungen, Mike Mongulla, and George Baluzy are the editors. Allen Alter is the senior coordinating producers. Peter Schweitzer, Anthony Batson and Al Briganti are the senior producers. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.
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