Watch Pistorius Trial on TV

Athlete heads to court Monday

Olympian Oscar Pistorius appears in court to be indicted on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the death of his girlfriend in Pretoria, South Africa.     Photo: Themba Hadebe/Associated Press

Viewers will be able to watch at least part of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on television thanks to a high court ruling Tuesday.

It’s the first time cameras will be allowed in a South African criminal trial, according to CNN. The catch? Testimony from Pistorius won’t be shown, according to the judge.  

The trial starts next Monday, March 3, more than a year after the South African athlete killed his girlfriend, model and law school graduate Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympic running superstar, doesn’t deny shooting Steenkamp. He says he mistook her for a home invader when he turned the gun on her in the bathroom of his home in Pretoria. Since that time, Pistorius has kept a low profile, although he did release a statement on the anniversary of Steenkamp’s death.

"No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved—and continues to love Reeva," he wrote on his website.

A South African television news station bought the rights to broadcast the trial and will launch a 24-hour channel exclusively dedicated to the event.  

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