Oscar Pistorius back on trial Monday

Oscar Pistorius trial was put on hold due to public holidays and scheduling conflict with state counsel.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   May 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 4 (UPI) -- South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius returns to court Monday after a two-week break in his murder trial for the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius, a former Olympian, has admitted he shot Steenkamp but claims that he mistook her for a burglar in the bathroom of his residence Feb. 14, 2013.

The trial was unexpectedly put on hold two weeks ago because one of the state's counsel members had a conflict with another case. Public holidays, including Good Friday on April 18, Family Day on April 21 and Freedom Day on April 27 also delayed proceedings.

Monday begins the seventh week of globally televised proceedings helmed by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Russia says missiles aimed at Syria did not land in Iran
Tunisian democracy advocates win Nobel Peace Prize
Captive orca breeding banned at California's SeaWorld
Wrong drug used in Oklahoma execution
Pentagon to ditch $500M Syrian rebel training program