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Pistorius breaks down during testimony recalling shooting

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 01:43

April 8 - South African track star Oscar Pistorius recalls for the court the night that he fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home. Nathan Frandino reports.

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A day after apologizing to his girlfriend's family, South African track star Oscar Pistorius returns to the stand. In his second day of testimony, the defendant would go on to read aloud text messages with Reeva Steenkamp. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ATHLETE OSCAR PISTORIUS SAYING: (AUDIO ONLY - SOUNDBITE RUNS OVER FOLLOWING SHOT): "It says, 'you're making me so happy. I know we argue from time to time but I think we're actually so similar.' Then there's a text from her to me saying, 'arguments with us are a struggle with us to find balance inside of new territory for us, and trying to do so with the similar language'." Pistorius is accused of deliberately killing Steenkamp last year by firing four shots through a locked door after an argument. The double-amputee athlete has pleaded not guilty, saying he mistook her for an intruder. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ATHLETE, OSCAR PISTORIUS, SAYING: (AUDIO ONLY - SOUNDBITE RUNS OVER FOLLOWING TWO SHOTS) "And the first thing that ran through my mind was that I needed to arm myself, that I needed to protect Reeva and I and that I needed to get my gun." As Steenkamp's family listened, Pistorius recalled the moment he saw her. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TRIAL DEFENDANT, OSCAR PISTORIUS, SAYING (OUT OF VISION -- OVERLAID WITH VARIOUS SHOTS OF COURT ATTENDEES) "Whilst I leant over the partition to get in I saw the key so I took it and I unlocked the door. I flung the door open. I threw it open and I sat over Reeva and I cried. I know how long. I don't know how long I was there for. (VISION CUTS TO SHOT OF JUDGE) She wasn't breathing." Pistorius faces life in prison, if convicted.

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Pistorius breaks down during testimony recalling shooting

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 01:43