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Pistorius takes prosthetics off during testimony

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius described Tuesday what he said were the terror-filled moments before he shot Reeva Steenkamp to death and removed his prosthetic legs in court during his testimony at his murder trial to show how he stood by the toilet door which he fired into last year.

The actual bullet-riddled toilet door was set up in the courtroom to show how the shooting took place.

Pistorius said that he heard a window open in his bathroom in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013, causing him to believe intruders had entered his house and to race to get to his gun to defend himself and his girlfriend, who he claims he thought was still in bed.

In a voice quivering with emotion, Pistorius, the world-famous double-amputee athlete, referred to the moment when he said he thought there was a burglar in his home as when "everything changed."

"I wanted to put myself between the person who gained access to my house and Reeva," Pistorius said.

While Pistorius claims his fatal shooting of his girlfriend through the toilet door in his bathroom was a tragic accident caused, in part, by his fear of violent crime, prosecutors maintain he killed the model intentionally and his story of a mistaken shooting is an intricate lie.

Before Pistorius' testimony was interrupted by a lunch adjournment, he had left court to change out of his suit and returned wearing a white long-sleeve t-shirt and shorts, showing his prosthetic legs.

Pistorius claims he was not wearing his prosthetics - and therefore felt more vulnerable - when he shot through the door to kill Steenkamp.

In the courtroom, Pistorius was asked by defense lawyer Barry Roux to stand by the bullet-marked toilet door, which has been in the courtroom as an exhibit for much of the trial, while wearing his prosthetics. Dramatically, Pistorius then sat on a wooden bench and took off his prosthetics and again approached the wood door. It was to show how tall he stood next to it while standing on his stumps next to it.

Pistorius is into his second day of testimony, and was giving an account of what he says are the events in the moments leading up to the shooting that put him on trial for murder. Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death and faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years before parole if convicted on that charge.

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minus99 April 08 2014 at 10:15 AM


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What's up G? April 08 2014 at 10:06 AM

This is laughable! He wanted to protect her? I know he doesn't have any legs - but I could swear he has eyes. If he "thought" she was still in bed, did he speak to her? See her laying there? Hear a noise from her? Where was Reeva when he was "protecting" her? I hope they make this half man spend the rest of his life in prison being tossed around.

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rugcutter49 April 08 2014 at 10:03 AM

I agree, think he lying, she was trying to get behind toilet, don't you know she was screaming? He had to know it was her the little maggot

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fullsrvlaw April 08 2014 at 9:59 AM

I do not believe his version of the events of that night. When you are in bed with someone and you hear a noise, the first thing you do is turn to your bedmate, wake him or her up, and ask: "I heard a noise, do you hear anything?" The second thing you do is make a plan together as to how to deal with an intruder in the house. No one with any sense would get up, not check on Reeva, and then fire through a bathroom door. How did he know that Reeva was NOT in the bathroom? Of course, he knew she was in there. They had an argument that the neighbors could hear. She ran into the bathroom to get away from him and he fired through the door in a rage. Now, he is sorry but so what? He deserves to go to prison for a long time.

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Camp Bulldog April 08 2014 at 9:55 AM

AHHH...poor..poor little helpless Oscar
This guy has been rehearsed until his little stumps were raw.

He aimed...and he fired...
He knew she was in the house.

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Robert Leonetti April 08 2014 at 9:54 AM



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dgiacc Robert Leonetti April 08 2014 at 10:12 AM

There is no Jury in this system....the judge is the only verdict. I believe he will get a slap on the wrist and this will be a bigger crime the murder he commited. I do not have faith in any judicial system at this point. It does work sometime but to many people get puny sentences for crimes that change othe peoples lives forever. This verdict is going to suck...I just know it.

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jcs9 Robert Leonetti April 08 2014 at 12:32 PM

LOL....... If the blades fit you must aquit!

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bryanmerrittper2 April 08 2014 at 9:53 AM

Pistorius is an actor he is phony as a three dollar bill and I believe he killed the girl in a fit of anger his phony baloney tears and story make me sick. He knew what he was doing when he shot her through the door and he knew that it was her in the bathroom all he had to do was ask her are you in the bathroom. He knew it was her.

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manmi1 April 08 2014 at 9:47 AM

He can cry like a baby all he wants. Facts show the truth. Put him away forever.

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garykuz April 08 2014 at 10:16 AM

He's a rich SOB that thinks he can get off by crying in court after he shot his girl friend eight times behind a locked bathroom door while she was screaming for help and him to stop. He has already shown his contempt for common laws and the disrespect he has for almost everyone. He was a spoiled brat just grown up somehow... Hang him high. Don't let the tears and pukeing in court fool you judges. He know's how to make fools out of all of you and he will if you let him off.

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clarke2689 April 08 2014 at 10:12 AM

This guy is a joke, he killed her in a rage, over whatever. He needs to get a life prison sentence. How could anyone believe this cock and bull story?

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