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Olympic runner, Pistorius charged with murder

On Monday the world's most famous amputee athlete, Oscar Pistorius, known to many as the Blade Runner, will go on trial for murder.
The Olympic runner is charged with murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he says he loved more than anything in the world.
    He doesn't deny killing her, he claims it was a terrible mistake.
Valentines Day 2013 marked not by romance, but by gunfire inside the home of Oscar Pistorius.

Neighbors say they heard arguing, but Pistorius claims he heard an intruder.
Whatever it was, it left Pistorius' girlfriend dead. Shot in the head, arm, and hip.

So was it murder or a terrible mistake? Oscar Pistorius detailed his side of the story in a rare affidavit given to the court.

Hours before the fatal shooting, Pistorius wrote it was a normal evening at home, a quiet dinner, tv and bed for him, and yoga for her. 

He told the court hours after he went to bed he was jolted awake filled with fear after hearing a noise in the bathroom.

Pistorius wrote in the affidavit, "I grabbed my .9-millimeter pistol from underneath my bed" and screamed at the intruder to get out.  Then, he explained, he "fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to Reeva to phone the police."

To me the instinctive thing, you hear sounds in the bathroom, if only to say, hey, honey, did you hear that? You do that first before you move to the bathroom to fire shots.

According to the affidavit, Pistorius, who said he did not have his prosthetic legs on at the time of the shooting, found Steenkamp slumped over, adding "she died in my arms."
Pistorius' agent got a frantic call at 4am.

Heard this voice of a girl frantically on other side shouting, please you have to rush to Pretoria, come to Oscar's house.

Prosecutors say this was no tragic mistake, that Pistorius calculated the perfect angle, aiming downward at the toilet.

And there's this: A floor plan of the apartment, which the state says proves Pistorius could not have crossed the bedroom without realizing Steenkamp wasn't in bed. 

Photos leaked to the media by police show the bloody crime scene.

Reeva Steenkamp was just 29, a model and law school graduate.

These exclusive photos are from happier times, given to CNN from a source close to Pistorius. They are some of the last photos the couple had taken together.

Reeva Steenkamp's family still heartbroken.