Defense Rests in Oscar Pistorius Murder Case
07/08/2014 AT 02:15 PM EDT
Once those arguments are aired before Judge Thokozile Masipa, she and two legal assistants will deliberate on a verdict.
The resting of the defense case comes amid controversy over the airing of a dramatic video it filmed during preparation of its case. The video shows Pistorius, a Paralympic amputee sprinter nicknamed "Blade Runner" for his prosthetic legs, reenacting the harrowing events early on Valentine's Day morning in 2013 when he shot and killed his girlfriend – model and women's-rights activist Reeva Steenkamp – through a locked bathroom door in his Pretoria, South Africa, home.
Pistorius, seen in the footage running on his stumps with his hand held outstretched as if clutching a gun, says he fired in self-defense, mistaking Steenkamp for a middle-of-the-night intruder. But prosecutors maintain Pistorius, 27, shot her in a rage and presented witnesses who painted him as short-tempered and gun-obssessed.
The one time Golden Boy of sports testified in his own defense in April and remains free on bail but faces 25 years to life if convicted of premeditated murder.