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Pistorius trial moves into 7th week

Oscar Pistorius Trial Resumes

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The Oscar Pistorius murder trial resumed Monday after a two-week recess, with the defense team calling its fourth witness in an attempt to bolster the double-amputee athlete's case that he killed his girlfriend by mistake last year.

The trial moved into its seventh week with testimony from Johan Stander, the first person Pistorius says he phoned after he shot Reeva Steenkamp at his home in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. Stander lived at the same gated community as Pistorius. Pistorius has said that Stander and his daughter were the first people to arrive on the scene after the shooting.

Stander's testimony follows a shaky start by Pistorius' defense, where the Olympian's story of an accidental killing came under scrutiny as he was cross-examined by the chief prosecutor. Two defense experts also had their evidence undermined by prosecutor Gerrie Nel at the start of the defense's case.

Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder for shooting Steenkamp through a toilet stall door in his bathroom before dawn on Valentine's Day last year. He claims he mistook his girlfriend for a dangerous intruder. The prosecution charges he killed her intentionally after an argument.

The 27-year-old Pistorius, a multiple Paralympic champion and the first amputee to run at the Olympics, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the premeditated murder charge.

Stander testified Monday that he had known Pistorius since 2009 after moving into the same gated community in the South African capital, Pretoria. He said he received a panicked phone call from the world-famous runner at around 3:18 a.m. on the night of the fatal shooting.

"He (Pistorius) said on the call, 'Johan, please, please, please come to my house. Please. I shot Reeva,'" Stander testified. Stander said Pistorius told him on the call: "I thought she was in an intruder. Please come quick."

Stander then described what he said was Pistorius' "broken" state after he arrived at the runner's house to find him carrying his girlfriend downstairs.

"It's not something I would like to experience again, my lady," Stander said, addressing the judge who will deliver a verdict in the trial. "Because that young man walking down the stairs with the lady, with a young woman. His face. The expression of pain, the expression of sorrow. And he's crying."

Stander said Pistorius was "torn apart, broken, desperate."

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kilbyhanna May 05 2014 at 7:31 AM

"Torn apart, broken and desperate." Yeah, not to go to jail.

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upseydowney1 May 05 2014 at 1:57 PM

Why wasn't his first call to 911 or whatever emergency response number they use in South Africa?

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Hi upseydowney1 May 05 2014 at 2:21 PM

May he his friend new cpr and he wanted to get help for her right away.

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Karen upseydowney1 May 05 2014 at 7:16 PM

Yes, why? If you make such a dreaded mistake, you would call 911 first instead of a "friend." He's stupid, but not stupid. He needed a cover-up.

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Diana May 06 2014 at 9:14 AM

He (Pistorius) is nothing but a pathalogical liar, a coward, and a big over grown cry baby. Grow up and face what you did and serve your punishment like a man.

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Karen May 05 2014 at 7:28 PM

He's always in tears. Crocodile of course. If he felt so upset about what he did, he would have called immediately for an ambulance before calling friends. It's all a put-on.

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nymouth May 05 2014 at 8:06 PM

How could he not be aware that Reeva Steenkamp was not in their bed.
The only way that would be possible is if Pistorius was totally drunk or on
hallucinogens. It's a very long stretch.

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mikelookup May 05 2014 at 8:30 PM

What a sissy this man is. If he is innocent, stand up and shout it like a man. If guilty stand up and take it. Quit crying

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johnny o mikelookup May 05 2014 at 10:14 PM

he IS standing.

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Newquest May 05 2014 at 8:31 PM

I'll just bet he was! He had just committed MURDER! Then, he changed the murder scene by removing the body. I don't think it was an accident as much as a temper tantrum that went bad. It's still Murder, she's still dead with NO reason. He deserver many years in jail for what he's done.

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FitzeesMrs May 05 2014 at 8:31 PM

Torn apart, broken and desperate cause he knows he's sorry for HIMSELF, cause he's going to jail. Girl locked the door to get away from him and he shot thru it and hit her twice before he hit her in the head and killed her. You think she wasn't screaming?
She was leaving, he got pissed and shot her and now he's sorry for himself. Boo hoo - GUILTY!

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perorbailey May 05 2014 at 9:04 PM

Stander's testimony should be considered irrelevant. It's too late, and think of it as a well rehearsed and paid for scam.

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perorbailey May 05 2014 at 9:08 PM

Did two neighbors hear a woman screaming?
Did Reeva have a cell phone with her in the bathroom?

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