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Prosecutor makes bombshell claim about shooting incident Friday

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius was accused by a prosecutor Friday of shooting his girlfriend through a toilet door as the couple talked and argued in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. The dramatic courtroom exchange ended the world-famous athlete's first week testifying at his murder trial.

Pistorius denied the charge as prosecutor Gerrie Nel pushed the Paralympic champion on his version of the exact events in the seconds before he killed Reeva Steenkamp by firing four times through the stall door in his bathroom with his 9 mm pistol on Feb. 14, 2013.

"She was standing behind the toilet door talking to you when you shot her," Nel put to Pistorius, saying the couple arguing was the only "reasonable explanation" for why she was standing behind the cubicle door and facing it.

"That's not true," Pistorius replied.

Pistorius says he shouted at what he thought was an intruder in his house and also at Steenkamp to call the police. Nel said that if that were the case, she would not have stood up against the door. She would have retreated away from it. And she would have responded to Pistorius, the chief prosecutor said.

"I don't think anybody could say where she would have stood," Pistorius replied.

Prosecutor: Steenkamp Was Scared Of Pistorius

The double-amputee Olympian is charged with premeditated murder for Steenkamp's shooting death. He claims he shot the model and rising reality TV star by mistake, thinking she was an intruder about to come out the toilet and attack him.

Nel led the double-amputee runner through his own account of what happened in those moments before he shot Steenkamp. He said he heard a noise in the bathroom and moved down a passage on his stumps toward the bathroom while screaming to his girlfriend - who he claims he had believed was in the bedroom - to get down and call the police. Pistorius says he then heard what sounded like the toilet door slamming; then kept quiet as he reached the bathroom entrance; then heard a noise in the toilet that he perceived to be the sound of wood on wood, which he said made him think someone was opening the toilet door - which he said fit badly in the frame - to attack him. And then, Pistorius said, he opened fire.

At each stage, Nel argued that the account was improbable, questioning why Pistorius did not establish where Steenkamp was and make sure she was OK, and why he would approach the alleged danger zone if he felt vulnerable on his stumps.

"If you spoke to Reeva, the two of you could have taken lots of other steps," Nel said.

Pistorius said he thought the perceived threat could strike at any moment.

"There was no time," he insisted.

Nel also highlighted what he said was an inconsistency in Pistorius' testimony, noting that the Olympic runner had said Steenkamp didn't scream when he shot that night but also saying he could hear very little because his ears were "ringing" from the first gunshot.

"You knew that Reeva was behind the door and you shot at her knowing that she was behind that door," Nel said.

"That's not true, my lady," Pistorius said, addressing the judge.

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Jo Casuela April 11 2014 at 11:43 AM

He lies.

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Lynn April 11 2014 at 11:37 AM

I think he has woven quite a tangled web - but not very realistic. When somebody else is in your house (and in close proximity to you), why would you presume it was an intruder. My first thought would be that it was the person in the house with me. It just doesn't add up!

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zannedon7 April 11 2014 at 2:17 PM

EVERYONE knows that murderers NEVER admit to their murder(s), nor their victims. Sickening. I have NO pity for him just because he is disabled.

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spkrart April 11 2014 at 11:36 AM

The guy is such a pathetic liar. Too bad it's not a jury trial. No one shoots blindly into a locked bathroom door. A young child, a house guest, a dog could have made the noises he describes. He didn't even try to communicate with his victim. He knew exactly what he was doing and whose screams he was trying to silence.

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Richard April 11 2014 at 2:17 PM

He hears noises in the condo that sounds like an intruder. He is so fearful because of his handicapped height yet protective of his GF to get his gun to investigate. He approaches the dark hallway to the bathroom and sees no one thinking an intruder is then in the bathroom. So he goes back to the bedroom to escape with his GF out of the condo unit to safety. But no, he decides to confront the alleged intruder by yelling at the closed bathroom door and starts firing four shots through the door, then proceeds to pry the door open? A total bogus story.

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newt April 11 2014 at 2:17 PM

It's possible, but not likely. It's doesn't matter who you think that may or may not be in your own home, you know who's in it. And the most normal reaction I think, which is my opinion, in this case,. is that, if I feel there is an intruder the first thing I would do is yell out to everyone that I know that's in my home first, to see if they have heard anything and ask them where they are, to find out what room they're in! My guess is she locked herself in the bathroom to avoid confrontation in an heated argument and he got angry because she wouldn't come out! Intruder is a good excuse, but intruders run out the way they get in, they don't lock themselves up in a bathroom, lol! And if an intruder was in the home, my normal reaction would be to yell out that I have a gun and if you don't get out of my home now I will shoot you! I think most people would warn someone with a gun before they would have to shoot someone; that just seems to be just a little trigger happy to me, that's my opinion! A heated argument that got of control turned deadly!

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fbq181 April 11 2014 at 2:17 PM

If they were sleeping, prior, and she arose, went to the bathroom, why would she have locked it?
Secondly, what are the odds of having an intruder, in a guarded, fenced and secure neighborehood?
If and intruder was in the locked bathroom, why not call the guards, and warn the intruder, that you were prepared to defend yourself, one could here someone attempting to unlock a door, then shoot if necessary.

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ajoyette April 11 2014 at 2:21 PM

I have asked myself those same questions the prosecutor asked and came to a similar conclusion. Normally a man would likely secure the safety of his love ones even if he feels vulnerable. He would seek to protect those he love. How she got to the bathroom and he did not know? Why did she not answer to let him know it was her in the bathroom and not an intruder? What would make a trigger happy, gun loving, jealous, angry and controlling man kill the woman he loves. Answer: When the woman decide to end the relationship. Oscar was either really, really afraid or very, very angry at the intruder, to pump four shots through the door. Anger looks like the culprit.

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shelly p 1234567 April 11 2014 at 11:33 AM

he is guilty

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Carla April 11 2014 at 11:32 AM

What he is is a coward. If you killed that beautiful woman ( which we know you did) ADMIT it and take your punishment. Lord knows, she had no choice.

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