TODAY | February 19, 2013
>>> of course, that bail hearing for oscar pistorius is going on in south africa right now. michelle kosinski has been inside the court all morning long. good morning to you.
>> reporter: good morning. as we speak, up in that courtroom, oscar pistorius is inconsolable. a statement by him is now being read to the court in which he denies the allegation of murder against him in the strongest terms. a judge just decided that his case, from here on out, at least for now, will be considered premeditated murder and that affects things like whether or not he will be let out on bond. that will also be decided very soon. i was actually seated directly in front of pistorius , about a foot away. i could hear him crying. when i would turn around, i could see his body shaking. in fact, throughout this hearing, every time lawyers would detail the alleged crime, he would break down, hiding his face in his hands. oscar pistorius faced the court and the global scrum of media he's used to, but never like this. his family held each other and prayed. immedia the court would not allow the media to take any pictures during the hearing. showing little if any emotion he could barely control during his first appearance. but it was there. he stood before the magistrate who asked him if he was well. his eyes filld with tears, he shrugged barely uttering, i guess. prosecutors laid out their case, accusing pistorius of shooting and killing an unarmed, innocent wom woman, his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. she came to his house between 5:00 and 6:00 that evening planning to stay the night . her makeup bag in the bathroom, her overnight bag in the bedroom. he armed himself, attached his prosthesis, walked 20 feet to the bathroom where he believed reeva locked herself inside, and fired through his gun four times through the door. he broke through the door, carried her downstairs where he encountered a security guard and a friend, who he told him he thought was a burglar. she locked that door for a purpose, they said, and saying there's no possible explanation for his actions, that even if he did think it was a burglar, this would be a clear intention to kill the burglar while the burglar was harmless in the toilet and that would still be a premeditated murder of a defenseless burglar. nothing remotely indicative of premeditation his lawyers say. emotions flow from a different set of loved ones and supporters at reeva's funeral.
>> we are here today as a family. but there's only one thing miss i ing. reeva.
>> reporter: next, the judge will decide whether or not pistorius is released from jail. if he is not, he is expected to be transferred and held in a prison. back to you guys.
>> michelle kosinski in south africa for us. michelle, thank you.