Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Oscar Pistorius emotional at murder trial

Oscar Pistorius has been very may have seemed unemotional during the trial of the murder of the Olympian and Paralympian's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, however, today in court, he buried his head in his hands and wiped away tears after a South African court on Tuesday heard grisly details of the killing of his girlfriend, the first sign of emotion from the track star in his two-day murder trial.

He leaned forward in the dock and clasped his head between his hands as lead defense lawyer Barry Roux read out details from the post mortem, including that "some fragments of the bullet" were removed from the 29-year-old's head.
Pistorious pled not guity, saying he shot Steenkamp through a toilet door after mistaking her for an intruder.
Roux also heaped scorn on the testimony of neighbor Michelle Burger, who said she heard a scream fade away after the shots, saying that Steenkamp would have "dropped immediately" due to a bullet in the head.
Burger broke toward the end of her own testimony, following an angry exchange with Roux, who had sought to show she had mistaken the screams of agitated Pistorius for that of a woman.
The court also heard from a another neighbor, Estelle van der Merwe, who testified that she heard what sounded like an argument early on the morning Steenkamp was killed.
 Estelle told the murder trial of Oscar Pistorious that she heard “loud voices” arguing followed by “shots or explosions” the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed. Estelle Van der Merwe who lived only 100 meters from Pistorious said she was woken just about 2.00am on Valentine's Day by the row, which went on around an hour before she heard the shots fired. She is the second witness to give evidence in the high-profile murder trial.

Steenkamp was declared dead at the scene after being hit in the head, arm and hip from three bullets from a 9 mm pistol.
Pistorius, dressed a dark suit and tie, later appeared to wipe away tears.

The trial, which could see one of global sports' most admired figures jailed for life, has drawn comparisons with the high-profile murder trial of American football star and actor O.J. Simpson two decades ago.