PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA -- Former Olympian and accused murderer Oscar Pistorius has revealed he plans to sell his home in Pretoria "to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal fees," according to a statement on his website. The statement indicated Pistorius did not intend for his murder trial to extend beyond three weeks.
The home is where Pistorius shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, an incident he maintains was an accident that happened when he mistook her for an intruder. Pistorius has said he has not returned to the home since Steenkamp's death.
Wednesday, the prosecution abruptly asked the judge for court to recess until Monday, so it could re-examine its case. The lead prosecutor said he has only four or five (of a possible more than 100 hundred) witnesses to call to the stand. Pistorius put his fingers in his ears Wednesday, while forensics experts testified in detail about the gruesome effect of the bullets that killed Steenkamp.
When the prosecution concludes presenting its case, the defense will begin calling witnesses. Defense attorneys will attempt to convince the judge Steenkamp's death was only a terrible accident. The prosecution claims the killing was pre-meditated murder, fueled by a quick tendency to become angry.
Pistorius is expected to take the stand in his own defense. The trial has no jury, and only a judge will decide Pistorius's fate. He faces a sentence of life in prison, if convicted on the pre-meditated murder charge.