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Pistorius defense team closes case

By Christopher Torchia

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The defense team for Oscar Pistorius closed its case in the athlete's murder trial on Tuesday, bringing a legal case that has transfixed South Africans and others around the world closer to a verdict.

Final arguments are scheduled for Aug. 7-8.

Lawyer Barry Roux said he had finished calling witnesses to testify in the trial of Pistorius, who killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by firing through a closed toilet door in his home.

"We close the case for the defense," said Roux. Some witnesses did not want to testify for the defense because of publicity surrounding the case, he said, adding that he chose not to ask Judge Thokozile Masipa to compel them to appear.

"There's nothing that we can do about it," he said in the wood-lined, Pretoria courtroom where the trial of the double-amputee runner has been held since March.

What to Make of the Pistorius Shooting 'Reenactment' Video

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the prosecution will file closing arguments on July 30 and the defense will do so on Aug. 4. He and Roux agreed to return to court on Aug. 7 to give final arguments before Masipa.

Pistorius says he killed Steenkamp by mistake, thinking an intruder was in the toilet and about to attack him. The prosecution says he shot her after a Valentine's Day argument last year.

Pistorius, who is free on bail, faces 25 years to life in prison if found guilty of premeditated murder, but he could also be sentenced to a shorter prison term if convicted of murder without premeditation or negligent killing. Additionally, he faces separate gun-related charges.

Pistorius was born without fibulas, the slender bones that run from below the knee to the ankle. Part of his lower legs were amputated when he was 11 months old.

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wittlief July 08 2014 at 2:53 PM

Shocking evidence that could change everything..

shocking evidencee that AOL will print ANYTHING to get you to click on the link.

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moudsie July 08 2014 at 12:14 PM

He's guilty--case closed.

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Mimi July 08 2014 at 1:36 PM

Did I miss something in the article? The headline read "....shocking evidence that could change everything" ???

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Practical Nomad July 08 2014 at 3:44 PM

He shouldn't be free on bail and should spend the rest of his life in prison. He killed her and his attempts at rationalizing it are ridiculous.

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wittlief July 08 2014 at 2:49 PM

guilty. Murder 1.

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jgesselberty July 08 2014 at 3:52 PM

The reality of it is, he is famous. Even if found guilty, he will get a better shake than any of us would in the same circumstances.

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scififan7 jgesselberty July 08 2014 at 5:18 PM

I think because of his disability he will have a VERY HARD time in prison no matter how many years he gets.

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Randy1953 July 08 2014 at 5:05 PM

The defense decided not to show the reenactment as it showed that Oscar could run rather well on his stubbed legs and aim at the same time . He did say to police he couldn't get to his false legs on in time and felt vunerable . Wonder if the Prosecutor will use the tape ? They should !

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frank.foreman Randy1953 July 08 2014 at 11:19 PM

The reason he had his false legs off is more important , to whom came out of the bathroom (toilet). I usually exit the bathroom , not the toilet. It's below me. Close the lid after you come out of there will ya?

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Daddy O July 08 2014 at 3:17 PM

He shot her in a drunken affluent rage

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scififan7 Daddy O July 08 2014 at 5:17 PM

She was going to leave him & his ego couldn't handle that! NOBODY left HIM! Alive that is.

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frank.foreman Daddy O July 08 2014 at 11:23 PM

I was just going to say , was there a problem with her living with a man with only 1 leg? But read the answer about his ego. He sure found his gun quick didn't he , since the intruder was temporarily taking over his toilet. He just had to shoot. LOL

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ingria July 08 2014 at 2:14 PM

Where is the game changing evidence that the headline stated? Thanks for the hype.

I think he shot her intentionally to teach her a lesson and show her who is the boss. What a guy!

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scififan7 ingria July 08 2014 at 5:20 PM

I guess even in South Africa the defense can't magically produce evidence that doesn't exist!

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beverly July 08 2014 at 2:56 PM

Would like to know how he got his prostheses on so quickly if he was in bed, as he said, when he thought an intruder was in the house. Surely he needs his prostheses to walk. He must have noticed she was not in bed, and if there was a noise in the bathroom, could it have been she? Why has this not been addressed in any of the testimony? Sounds very guilty to me

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