- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial continued Monday to question nearly every aspect of the Olympian’s story surrounding his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Pistorius exactly what words he used when he claims he was shouting at a perceived intruder on Feb. 14, 2013, what the noise was that he said he heard that made him fire through a toilet door to kill Steenkamp, and how long he held on to his 9 mm pistol for after the shooting.

Nel said the questions would all show that the double-amputee runner’s version of a mistaken killing “cannot be reasonably possibly true.”



Asked by Nel to repeat the exact words he used at the perceived intruders, Pistorius said he screamed at them to “get the (expletive) out my house.” Pistorius paused before answering and sobbed after the words, causing the judge to call one of two unscheduled breaks Monday for the athlete becoming emotional. Nel said Pistorius did use those words, but to Steenkamp in the midst of a fight the prosecution maintains ended with Pistorius shooting his girlfriend multiple times through the door.



Pistorius said he heard “a wood abrasion noise” from inside the cubicle that he interpreted as an intruder opening the door to come out and attack him, causing him to shoot. In hindsight, Pistorius said, he must have heard Steenkamp moving a magazine rack inside the cubicle. Again, Nel said part of Pistorius’ story was correct, but Pistorius heard the magazine holder being moved as Steenkamp fell back on it after he shot her the first time, and he even changed his aim to hit her with later shots as she fell.

“That’s not correct,” Pistorius said, claiming he couldn’t hear anything after the first shot because his ears were ringing.



Pistorius testified he searched desperately for Steenkamp in the dark bedroom after the shooting, feeling across the bed, on the floor next to it and behind a curtain before realizing it might have been her in the toilet. Nel asked Pistorius why he didn’t turn on the lights and also check to see if the bedroom door was open and if Steenkamp had fled that way as gunshots had been fired.

“It’s one of the things that make your version unbelievable,” Nel said. Pistorius responded that once he realized Steenkamp wasn’t in the bedroom he feared it was her in the toilet.


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