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Prosecutor wraps up Pistorius grilling in murder trial

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 02:05

April 15 - The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ends his five-day cross-examination of the South African double amputee track athlete. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The prosecution in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ended its cross-examination of the track star on Thursday. The double amputee sports icon is charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines' Day last year in his Pretoria home. It was the fifth day of sometimes tense questioning from Prosecutor Gerrie Nell; called the "Pitbull" for his tough reputation and courtroom style. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROSECUTOR, GERRIE NEL, SAYING: "She's locked into the bathroom and you armed yourself with the sole purpose of shooting and killing her." Pistorius insists the shooting was accidental and that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder. But the prosecution says the couple had an argument just before and that the killing was intentional. Tuesday's testimony included a forensics expert, who said blood evidence on Pistorius' sock shows he kicked the locked bathroom door with his prosthetic legs before the shooting. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORENSICS EXPERT, ROGER DIXON, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE OVER SHOT 7) "The right prosthesis you can see has a white sock on it, and that sock fiber is the material that is stuck in the varnish on the door, giving those white tufts." Pistorius broke down in tears several times during the five days of his cross-examination. On Tuesday, he held his ears as a prosecution witness showed how Pistorius may have tried to break down the bathroom door. Offender profiler Lourie James says the athlete's performance in the witness box so far is worrying. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OFFENDER PROFILER, LOURIE JAMES, SAYING: "If we bring into play what he was actually saying in many cases, he had a 'yes' answer to the evidence, a 'no' answer to the evidence, and then a 'don't know' and then 'I can't remember.' So in a lot of cases, he had two scenarios for one piece of evidence which is very concerning." The trial is likely to run into next month. If found guilty of the murder charge, the once revered South African athlete faces life in prison.

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Prosecutor wraps up Pistorius grilling in murder trial

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 02:05