April 7 - Day 17 of his murder trial sees South African track star Oscar Pistorius apologize to the family of murdered girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Nathan Frandino reports.
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An emotional Oscar Pistorius testifies in Day 17 of his murder trial.
The South African track star said the fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year continues to haunt him.
(SOUNDBITE (English) OSCAR PISTORIUS, SPEAKING OFF CAMERA OVER VIEWS OF THE COURT, INCLUDING HIS SISTER AIMEE (DARK HAIR I N BLACK CLOTHING, WEEPING, SAYING (PARTIAL PICTURE BREAKUP DURING SOUNDBITE):
"I have terrible nightmares about things that happened that night where I wake up and I smell, I can smell, I can smell the blood and I wake up to being terrified."
Pistorius calls the shooting a mistake, saying he thought she was an intruder.
At one point, Pistorius apologized directly to the Steenkamp family.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ATHLETE, OSCAR PISTORIUS, SAYING: (AUDIO ONLY - SOUNDBITE RUNS OVER FOLLOWING FIVE SHOTS)
"I can't imagine the pain and the sorrow and the emptiness that I have caused you and your family. I was simply trying to protect Reeva. I can promise you that when she went to bed that night, she felt loved."
A forensic pathologist also testified, describing the multiple bullet wounds sustained by Steenkamp.
Like in several previous sessions, Pistorius buried his head while sobbing and occasionally throwing up into a bucket.
He faces life in prison, if convicted.
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