Editor's note: Reeva Steenkamp's family speaks exclusively to CNN about their loss and accused murderer Oscar Pistorius. Tune in on Thursday at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
Oscar Pistorius first gained international fame amid a raging debate over whether his prosthetic legs would give him a competitive advantage in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Today, the disabled track star finds himself in the middle of a more serious controversy: whether he intentionally shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, or whether he mistook her for an intruder.
Pistorius has been charged with premeditated murder and his trial is sure to provoke worldwide news coverage (no date has been set yet).
The South African athlete's spectacular fall from grace shocked many who were inspired by his remarkable story of overcoming adversity to become an Olympian and a national hero.
The next wave of setting public opinion in the Pistorius case, defaming the accused, has begun. And even if all these historical events are true, showing a propensity for anger and acting out, does not necessarily conclude to guilt in this particular instance. I'm not sure that the prosecution is allowed to put someone's character on trial.........just the facts in relation to that Valentine's Day event.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
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