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Oscar Pistorius Walked Without His Prosthetic Legs In Court

His defense team requested he remove his prostheses while arguing he deserved leniency.

Posted on June 15, 2016, at 8:08 a.m. ET

Oscar Pistorius appeared in court Wednesday without his prosthetic legs in a bid to convince a judge he deserves leniency in sentencing.

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Pistorius removed his protheses as part of his defense team's argument that he is a vulnerable man who deserves a shorter sentence.

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Defense lawyer Barry Roux asked Pistorius to remove his prostheses, and the former track star then hobbled in front of Judge Thokozile Masipa.

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The judge is expected to hand down Pistorius's sentence by Friday at the latest.

The former Paralympian then returned to a bench where he sat alone with his head bowed.

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Pistorius was not wearing his prostheses when he fatally shot Steenkamp through a toilet door in his house in 2013.

Prosecutors argue Pistorius intentionally killed Steenkamp after an argument. Pistorius has been living under house arrest after initially serving one year of a five-year prison sentence for manslaughter for shooting Steenkamp.

That conviction was overturned last year by an appeals court that convicted Pistorius of the more serious charge of murder.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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