Lawyer: Maybe Pistorius Was 'Woman' Who Screamed

Under duress, he sounds like a woman, argues defense
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 4, 2014 7:14 AM CST
Lawyer for Oscar Pistorius Barry Roux, in court on the second day of Pistorius' trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 4, 2014.   (AP Photo/Kim Ludbrook, Pool)
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(Newser) – Those "bloodcurdling screams" the first witness in the Oscar Pistorius trial described yesterday? Maybe they weren't from Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius' lawyer today suggested. Instead, they could have been from the athlete himself. Defense lawyer Barry Roux wondered if Michelle Burger might have had trouble telling between male and female screams, NBC News reports via a correspondent's tweets. Indeed, under stress, Pistorius "sounds like a woman screaming," Roux said, per CNN.

Roux's attempt to poke holes in Burger's testimony didn't end there: He also wondered if what she said were four gunshots could have actually been the sound of a cricket bat being slammed into the bathroom door; he further questioned how Burger could have heard screaming following the fourth shot given evidence that shows that shot killed Steenkamp. The lawyer went through statements by Burger and her husband, calling them a little too similar. Her reply? The two heard the same thing. "I'm as honest as I can be to the court," Burger said.

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