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Friend: Pistorius shot gun out car without warning

Pistorius Arrives at Court as Trial Enters Seventh Day
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius became furious with a police officer who handled his licensed gun after pulling the car he was in over for speeding, and the athlete later fired the gun out of the car's sunroof without warning, a friend of Pistorius said Tuesday at his murder trial.

The account by Darren Fresco, who has been identified as being with Pistorius on two occasions when a gun was fired in public, corroborated much of the testimony of another witness who was at the scene of the sunroof shooting.

'"You can't just touch another man's gun,'" Fresco recalled Pistorius telling the traffic officer in late 2012 after the group was pulled over for speeding.

The double-amputee runner has been charged with premeditated murder for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. He also faces three firearms charges, including two for allegedly shooting a gun in public that feature Fresco as a witness. They related to the alleged gunshot out of the sunroof, as well as another incident in which a gun was fired under a table in a busy restaurant in Johannesburg. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to all four charges.

During the 2012 stop for speeding, according to Fresco, Pistorius also told the police officer: "Now your fingerprints are all over my gun. So if something happens, you're going to be liable for anything that happens."

Fresco said he and Pistorius and Samantha Taylor, the runner's girlfriend at the time and a state witness who has given a similar account of the episode, then drove away.

"Then without prior warning, he shot out the sunroof," Fresco, who was driving, said of Pistorius, who he said was in the passenger seat.

Fresco said he "instinctively" moved over to the right side of the vehicle and away from where the gun was shot, and then asked Pistorius if he was "mad."

"He just laughed," Fresco recalled. "But it felt as if my ear was already bleeding."

Fresco also testified that he took the blame when Fresco's gun, a Glock 27 .40 caliber pistol, was being handled by the Olympic runner under a table in a restaurant in early 2013 and fired. It was about a month before Pistorius killed Steenkamp.

Fresco testified Tuesday that he warned Pistorius that the gun was "one-up," meaning it had a bullet in the chamber.

"I knew that he had a big love for weapons ... my assumption was that he had competency," Fresco said in court.

Pistorius has said he shot Steenkamp by accident, fearing she was an intruder in his home. The prosecution says he intentionally killed her after an argument.

In earlier testimony, the chief lawyer for Pistorius questioned the methods of the pathologist who conducted an autopsy on Steenkamp. Prof. Gert Saayman was testifying for a second day about the gunshot wounds suffered by Reeva Steenkamp when Pistorius opened fire through a toilet cubicle door at his home before dawn on Valentine's Day last year.

Saayman has asserted that, judging by the food contents in her stomach, Steenkamp probably last ate no more than two hours before her death. Steenkamp was shot after 3 a.m., meaning she must have eaten after 1 a.m. Pistorius has said the couple was in the bedroom by 10 p.m.

Lawyer Barry Roux asked Saayman what medical texts he had consulted in reaching his conclusion about the food, and said he wanted to see them. Saayman said his findings were a "synthesis" of his own professional experiences and observations in addition to consultation of past studies.

Saayman also said the amount of urine in Steenkamp's bladder at the time of her death amounted to the rough equivalent of a teaspoon. The evidence could relate to theories about whether Steenkamp had gotten up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet, as Pistorius contends, or was there following a loud argument with the runner, as the prosecution has suggested.

The pathologist said he had conducted between 10,000 and 15,000 autopsies over 30 years.

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housecallauto March 11 2014 at 7:08 PM

The fact that he would fire a gun out of the sunroof of a car says a lot about how impulsive he is as I believe that takes quite a temper to go ahead and do while handling a loaded gun. So he is impulsive and does things without considering the consequences of his actions. This action of firing a gun out the car in anger driven and and I like it to him firing through the bathroom door. I do not think it premeditated murder though. I do not think his intention was to kill his girlfriend and I do not believe for a second he thought it was an intruder that had the need to use his bathroom while robbing the house, there is no part of that defense that makes any sense at all, an intruder in the bathroom, yeah sure.. I think he reacted impulsively driven by anger and fired through the door with depraved indifference which might deem this murder rather than MS, just don't know which degree.

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WEG March 11 2014 at 11:17 AM

He's a hot-headed gun-nut who had a fight with his girlfriend, she ran into the bathroom and in his fury he fired 4 shots that killed her..that's what happened. All the rest of the story is BS!

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thunderboatsuzy March 11 2014 at 11:18 AM

typical liar killer 4 times he says he,s innocent when people where there when he shot his gun off,
krazy mind thinks money can buy him out of this one.then again a scumbag attorney can lie much better them him to get him off.

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elinor thunderboatsuzy March 11 2014 at 12:44 PM

money can corrupt ! look at parts of our gov.

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solanas March 11 2014 at 11:19 AM

cold blooded murderer. He was jealous about a text she got from an ex-boyfriend. He thinks his parents' money can get him off

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debnaert March 11 2014 at 11:22 AM

So ridiculous..... NO THIEF would go into a bathroom after CLIMBING to the second story window.... and SHE was dressed in shorts and a vest. Why would anyone FIRE through the door into a bathroom without yelling out first. ANY JUDGE will see that this was a crime of rage and murder.

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ROD March 11 2014 at 11:23 AM

he's guilty.... if you hear a noise in your home and your girlfriend/wife is not in bed beside
you when you wake up, whats the first thing you do, go get your gun and shoot into
the closed bathroom door. Makes sense to me, ya right............ legs or no legs you sure
as hell would call out into the bathroom, least make sure she has time to wipe before
you blow her brains out......... this trial is a farce..........what a waste of money.......

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elinor ROD March 11 2014 at 12:42 PM

most likely ! but will try to remain neutral untill all facts are in. not wanting my comments to come back and bite me in the behind.

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sneakyp957 ROD March 11 2014 at 1:17 PM

"he's guilty.... if you hear a noise in your home and your girlfriend/wife is not in bed beside
you when you wake up, whats the first thing you do, go get your gun and shoot into
the closed bathroom door. "

Exactly. Beyond that,you NEVER shoot at anything you can't see. The basic rules of gun handling are "You NEVER point a gun at anything you don't WANT to shoot,and you NEVER shoot anything you don't need to kill."

He intended to kill this woman,so he shot her through the door after she ran into the bathfoom and closed the door to get away from him.

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bodum40 sneakyp957 March 11 2014 at 2:57 PM

sneaky -- you hit the nail right on the head ----

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muffin March 11 2014 at 11:30 AM

And the award for the PHONY BOLONEY BS during a murder trial goes to Oscar Pistorius.

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bryanmerrittper2 March 11 2014 at 12:06 PM

This guy is an irresponsible idiot who has no business with a gun or anything else that could be dangerous.

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docbanzai March 11 2014 at 1:11 PM

He did it. Took the steroids, got crazy, did a Canseco, killed somebody.

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lookatutwo March 11 2014 at 1:28 PM

Who takes a gun to the bathroom?

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stevenjonessales lookatutwo March 11 2014 at 1:47 PM

Maybe he wanted to shoot the ****.

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coldasdeath lookatutwo March 11 2014 at 2:04 PM

Nowhere in there does it say he took the gun to the bathroom. He shot into the bathroom, nice understanding of a situation before you post though, good job.

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