Oscar Pistorius Trial Update
Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) — Oscar Pistorius’s hard-hitting defense lawyers will try Monday to rattle one of the most unflappable witnesses to testify so far against the track star accused of murdering his girlfriend, cover girl Reeva Steenkamp.
A security guard at the estate where Pistorius lived — and Steenkamp died — produced some of the most potentially damning testimony against the athlete on Friday as the first week of the trial came to a close.
“Security, everything is fine,” Pistorius told Pieter Baba when Baba called to check reports of a shooting in the neighborhood.
But Baba could hear Pistorius was crying, the security shift supervisor said, and he knew everything was not fine.
Baba arrived at the house in time to witness Pistorius coming down the stairs carrying Steenkamp.
“I was so shocked, I couldn’t think for a few moments,” Baba testified.
Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to one charge of murder and a firearms charge associated with Steenkamp’s killing on Valentine’s Day 2013 as well as two gun indictments unrelated to her death.
Pistorius, 27, has admitted killing his 29-year-old girlfriend, but says it was a tragic error after he mistook her for an intruder.
Of the witnesses called so far, Baba was the earliest to arrive on the scene. He was still on the stand Friday and will be first up Monday, when the defense will have more time to cross-examine his story.
Source: Article by CNN News March 10, 2014
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