Pretoria: "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius appears in court on Thursday to face judgement over the killing of his model girlfriend, ending a six-month trial that turned the amputee's private life into a global spectacle. (How the Verdict Will be Delivered)
The 27-year-old celebrity athlete faces life behind bars -- and notoriety that would eclipse his athletic achievements -- if found guilty of deliberately killing lover Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.
Judge Thokozile Masipa's ruling, on charges of murder and three firearms offenses, will likely be laid out in two days of careful legal argument and then a final verdict, perhaps on Friday. (Book to Tell Oscar Pistorius Story)