Steenkamp's mother speaks about trial on the Today Show
PRETORIA, South Africa (NBC) -
June Steenkamp broke her silence Tuesday on the Today Show about her daughter’s murder, allegedly at the hands of Olympian Oscar Pistorius.
Steenkamp said it was important for her to be at the trial to see Pistorius, and to have him see her.
“He walked in the courtroom and he looked straight ahead and the he sat down and never looked my way,” she said.
Steenkamp said she wants to know the truth about what happened and that she can forgive Pistorius
“It's important to forgive him for me because I don’t want to live with bitterness in my life. It’s just going to turn itself into my being and I don’t want that,” Steenkamp said.
Prosecutors say Pistorius murdered his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, last Valentine's Day, shooting her four times through a bathroom wall
Defense attorneys claim Pistorius mistook her for an intruder.
On the stand was Pistorius’ neighbor who didn't want her testimony shown on tv.
“Because of the climax of her shouts, I knew something terrible was happening in that house,” the neighbor said.
The defense team tried to raise doubt about that testimony, even claiming the woman's screaming was actually Pistorius, high pitched and frightened.
June Steenkamp says her husband recently suffered a stroke so she was in court to represent them both, she also says her daughter didn’t say much about Pistorius and that that their relationship was short, only lasting three months.
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