Oscar Pistorius sets first interview since conviction for killing girlfriend

Thursday June 9th, 2016

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South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius sat down with a British television network for his first interview since shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentines Day 2013.

Pistorius gives his account of what happened on that night and why he was convicted to investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas in the special, titled “Oscar Pistorius: The Interview.” During his trial, Pistorius claimed he acted in self-defense and mistook Steenkamp for a burglar.

Pistorius is living in his uncle's mansion before being sentenced on Monday. Pistorius was originally convicted of manslaughter but was upgraded to a murder by an appeals court last December as the original judge made a “fundamentally flawed” judgment in their ruling.

The Steenkamp family declined the opportunity to be a part of the program.

Pistorius’s family claims that the Paralympic champion was not paid for the interview.

The interview will air on Britain's ITV on June 24.

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Pistorius became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics, making the semifinal round of the men's 400 meters at London 2012. 

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