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Pistorius sobs during testimony in murder trial

April 8, 2014
Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius has broken down in sobs and howls while testifying in his murder trial, forcing the court to adjourn as he was describing how he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year.

The judge hearing the case against the double-amputee runner called an early adjournment on Tuesday after Pistorius began crying while testifying about how he broke down a toilet door after shooting four times through it, and found Steenkamp inside. He wailed loudly, his head in his hands and went out a side door of the courtroom.

Pistorius has said he shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder. Prosecutors say he killed her after an argument.

The Olympian is charged with premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death and faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years before parole if convicted on that charge.

 
 

 

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