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Oscar Pistorius talks on a mobile phone while arriving in a car at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital on May 26 2014 in Pretoria. A South African judge on May 20, 2014 ordered Oscar Pistorius to undergo up to 30 days of psychiatric tests to establish if he is 'criminally responsible' for killing his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013. AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Oscar Pistorius talks on a mobile phone while arriving in a car at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital on May 26 2014 in Pretoria. A South African judge on May 20, 2014 ordered Oscar Pistorius to undergo up to 30 days of psychiatric tests to establish if he is 'criminally responsible' for killing his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013. AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 5 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on March 5, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 5 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on March 5, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 5 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on March 5, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 5 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on March 5, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, gestures on the third day of his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, on March 5, 2014. Three days into the athlete's trial for his lover's premeditated killing, the state called Pistorius' friend Kevin Lerena to testify about one of three other charges against Pistorius. AFP PHOTO/ POOL/ MIKE HUTCHINGS (Photo credit should read MIKE HUTCHINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (L), accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp,confers with his lawyer Barry Roux (R) on the third day of his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, on March 5, 2014. Three days into the athlete's trial for his lover's premeditated killing, the state called Pistorius' friend Kevin Lerena to testify about one of three other charges against Pistorius. AFP PHOTO/ POOL/ MIKE HUTCHINGS (Photo credit should read MIKE HUTCHINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, attends the third day of his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, on March 5, 2014. Three days into the athlete's trial for his lover's premeditated killing, the state called Pistorius' friend Kevin Lerena to testify about one of three other charges against Pistorius. AFP PHOTO/ POOL/ ALON SKUY (Photo credit should read ALON SKUYI/AFP/Getty Images)
Oscar Pistorius is comforted by a relative in court, on March 5, 2014. The double amputee and Paralympian is appearing in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of the murder of model Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO: Alon Skuyi/Pool (Photo credit should read ALON SKUYI/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius (C), accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, attends the opening day of his trial, at the High Court in Pretoria on March 3, 2014. Pistorius, 27, appeared in court and on television screens around the world to answer charges that he wilfully shot his gilfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013 through a locked bathroom door at his home in the city, and faces a life sentence if convicted. AFP PHOTO / POOL / THEMBA HADEBE (Photo credit should read THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images)
South African amputee Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius (L) arrives, watched by June Steenkamp (R), mother of Reeva Steenkamp, in the High Court in Pretoria on March 3, 2014 on the opening day of his murder trial, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, 27, appeared in court and on television screens around the world to answer charges that he wilfully shot his gilfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013 through a locked bathroom door at his home in the city, and faces a life sentence if convicted. AFP PHOTO / POOL / THEMBA HADEBE (Photo credit should read THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images)
South African amputee Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius (L), accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, looks at his watch on the opening day of his trial at the High Court in Pretoria on March 3, 2014. Pistorius, 27, appeared in court and on television screens around the world to answer charges that he wilfully shot his gilfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013 through a locked bathroom door at his home in the city, and faces a life sentence if convicted. AFP PHOTO / POOL / THEMBA HADEBE (Photo credit should read THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (L) prays with his sister Aimee Pistorius and brother Carl Pistorius prior to his indictment hearing in Pretoria Magistrates Court on August 19, 2013. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
The Gauteng ANC Women's League held a march on February 14, 2014 to the Pretoria Magistrates Court to commemorate South African model Reeva Steenkamp who was shot on this day a year ago by her boyfriend, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius said on February 14 he was consumed with 'sorrow' as he marked one year since he shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day in what he maintains was an accident. In a case that grabbed international headlines, the world-famous double amputee, 27, shot Reeva Steenkamp through his toilet door, claiming he mistook her for an intruder at his upmarket Pretoria home. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (L) speaks with his lawyer Kenny Oldwage in Pretoria Magistrates Court prior to an indictment hearing on August 19, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius prays with sister Aimee and brother Carl before he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Carl Pistorius, Oscar's brother, arrives at the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT)Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Gina Meyers, Reeva Steenkamps close friend, in the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius prays with sister Aimee and brother Carl before he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
A man walks by newspaper advertising placard marking the anniversary of the killing of South African model Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on March 14, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Pistorius said on February 14 he was consumed with 'sorrow' as he marked one year since he shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day in what he maintains was an accident. In a case that grabbed international headlines, the world-famous double amputee, 27, shot Reeva Steenkamp through his toilet door, claiming he mistook her for an intruder at his upmarket Pretoria home. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA NOVEMBER 16: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Canteen at Maboneng Precint on November 15, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The double amputee, who now spends most of his time with his family, said he was very doing well, although he sometimes gets anvious about his upcoming court case. (Photo by Johan Eybers/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
June Steenkamp (3rd R), mother of Reeva Steenkamp, attends the opening day of the trial of South African amputee Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the High Court in Pretoria on March 3, 2014. Pistorius, 27, appeared in court and on television screens around the world to answer charges that he wilfully shot his gilfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013 through a locked bathroom door at his home in the city, and faces a life sentence if convicted. AFP PHOTO / POOL / THEMBA HADEBE (Photo credit should read THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 20(SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius hugs his brother, Carl Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on May 20, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Deaan Vivier/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 20(SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Pretoria High Court on May 20, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Deaan Vivier/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 20(SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius talks to his brother, Carl Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on May 20, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Deaan Vivier/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 14: Oscar Pistorius leaves North Gauteng High Court after the judge ordered that he should undergo mental evaluation on May 14, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa has ordered Pistorius should undergo a mental evaluation as an out-patient at a clinic. Pistorius, aged 27, is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 14: Oscar Pistorius leaves North Gauteng High Court after the judge ordered that he should undergo mental evaluation on May 14, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa has ordered Pistorius should undergo a mental evaluation as an out-patient at a clinic. Pistorius, aged 27, is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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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.

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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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