A high profile South African murder case involving Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee Olympic track star known as the "Blade Runner," has put a spotlight on the issue of domestic gun violence.
Pistorius, who became an international hero when he ran on carbon fibre blades in the London 2012 Olympics, faces charges of "premeditated murder" of his super-model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutors say he fatally shot her through a locked bathroom door in his home when she fled there after the two had a shouting match on Valentine's Day.
Pistorius denied Tuesday that he intended to take her life. He said he thought he was shooting at an intruder when he opened fire at the bathroom door after hearing noises, the New York Times said.
Media reports say outside the courtroom Tuesday several dozen women protested against domestic violence and waved placards urging Pistorius be refused bail. "Pistorius must rot in jail," one placard said. The South African Medical Research Council said at least three women are killed by a partner every day in the country of 50 million, Fox News reports.
Shootings are the most common method by which women are killed by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the Center for Gun policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University.