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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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bps163 April 11 2014 at 12:29 PM

Turn the cameras to the back of a pickup then tie a rope around his gonads and bumper-drag him for twenty miles. This dirtbag knew what he was doing when he pulled the trigger "4" times. It takes one shot to bring down a horse, why did he need 4. Point is he did not want her to tell the truth and he made sure of that.

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kreutzberg April 11 2014 at 11:47 AM

This guy is a pathological liar as well as a murderer.

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skooli April 11 2014 at 11:48 AM

Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.

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Marvelous April 11 2014 at 11:48 AM

What person do you know that would break into someones house and go into the bathroom, really! This guys story is as full of it as it can possibly be. I hope that he pays for taking the life of this young lady in such a horrible way and that he can live with what he did to her for the rest of his life.

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Gracie's Here! Marvelous April 11 2014 at 12:52 PM

Wasn't the bullet holes and door damage AT HIS STUMPS LEVEL! So, he took time to put on his blades and botch the crime scene, before the Police arrived.

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bchlfe April 11 2014 at 11:48 AM

So the burglar breaks in to secure area, breaks into the house and walks into the bathroom to hide?

Come, there isn't an ounce of reality to what this nut is saying.

Lock is stump away!

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pereiraivo April 11 2014 at 11:48 AM

1-Possible always paranoid about crime in area, if their is a crime problem in affluent neighborhood.
2-probably had argument and Mr. spoiled brat wanted to make sure she would never be with anyone else. 3-Or very scared of intruder and getting out of bed with stumps and feeling very vulnerable and having a high powered pistol that made him go on offensive.
He should not be a free man must pay for his actions. Reeva's family needs closure.

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killkubota April 11 2014 at 11:49 AM

They had a fight. He's jealous and a gun nut. He becomes physical with her and she retreats to the bathroom stall and closes the door. He grabs the pistol and puts four rounds through the door; killing her. Its the number of shots that give it away. One should have been enough for a bad guy; particularly if you are reluctant to shoot someone. But four means there was a target and rage and it was purposeful. He killed her. It was no accident.

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bemystic11 killkubota April 11 2014 at 12:07 PM

I'm not doubting what you theorize, but he could have been enraged that an intruder was in his house. With the door closed, with one shot, he doesn't know whether he killed the "intruder." If he's gun happy, why stop at one shot? Particularly if he is very fearful.

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DEBO 17 April 11 2014 at 11:54 AM

He is guilty of murder.

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Chung Shin April 11 2014 at 12:02 PM

Pistorious is a man of insecurity. He was always apprehensive about losing her. The real motive is his fear of losing her. By the time he shot her, it was apparent to him that she will be leaving him. Regardless of what his motive was, and the identity of who the victim was, his act was simply barbaric, sadistic, and inhumane. He should get the maximum under the law of that county.

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Victor April 11 2014 at 11:45 AM

Drama..................all drama! Only an IDIOT would do something like this! I don't believe a word of it and if it doesn't make sense then it's NOT TRUE! They need Judge Judy on the case here...if you tell the truth then you don't need a good memory!!! PERIOD!!!

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