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Columnist: Pistorius Took Acting Class Before Trial

Rep calls claims 'devoid of truth'

(Newser) - Has Oscar Pistorius' sobbing and vomiting in court all been an act? That's what a former South African columnist is alleging, to vehement denials from the runner's media rep. Jani Allan writes on her blog that Pistorius took acting classes from a friend ahead of his emotional trial,... More »

Pistorius: I Was Too Sad to Scream

Athlete faces last day of cross-examination

(Newser) - Today was the final day of Oscar Pistorius' grilling by Gerrie Nel, and once again, the prosecutor questioned the athlete's story of what happened the night Reeva Steenkamp died. When Pistorius realized he had shot his girlfriend, "Why would you not scream then?" Nel asked him, per NBC... More »

Pistorius Hammered About Reeva's Last Meal

Prosecutor also questions 2012 tweet about 'intruder'

(Newser) - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel hammered Oscar Pistorius on the details of the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed, asking about everything from the placement of her clothing on the floor to Pistorius' tone of voice. "Remember, the theme for the day is [that you have been] tailoring your evidence," Nel... More »

Pistorius: I Spoke to Reeva After I Heard Intruder

He says he told her to call police, but didn't wait for reply

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius' cross-examination is in its third day, and the topic returned to the moments leading up to Reeva Steenkamp's shooting. Pistorius described waking and moving fans in the bedroom, and moving to put a pair of jeans over a light shining from an amplifier. That's when he... More »

Pistorius: I Never Told Reeva I Loved Her

Cross-examination continues

(Newser) - It was another heated exchange in court today as Oscar Pistorius was again cross-examined by prosecutor Gerrie Nel, nicknamed the "bull terrier" for his fierce style. Nel tried to paint Pistorius as controlling—a text from Reeva Steenkamp said he "snapped at her" for chewing gum—selfish, and... More »

Prosecutor Gets in Pistorius' Face

It's a 'harrowing exchange,' tweets journalist

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius has again taken the witness stand, apparently fighting emotion as he gave an account of Reeva Steenkamp's final moments. When he found her after breaking down the bathroom door with a cricket bat, he said, "I could see she was breathing, struggling to breathe." Trying... More »

Pistorius Tells of 'Moment Everything Changed'

It's day 2 of testimony from the athlete

(Newser) - It's day two of Oscar Pistorius on the witness stand , and if you're wondering, yes, he did once again reportedly vomit in court at the sight of photos of Reeva Steenkamp's body. Yesterday's session was adjourned early due to the athlete feeling "exhausted," but... More »

Pistorius Takes Stand After Vomiting Again

Apologizes to Steenkamp's family

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius' defense team is launching its case , and yet again , the testimony seems to have been too much for the athlete to take. Pistorius threw up multiple times—now a frequent occurrence—into a bucket as a forensic pathologist discussed the bullet wounds that killed Reeva Steenkamp, Reuters reports.... More »

Pistorius Trial Suspended

Judge's aide taken ill before defense case begins

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius had been expected to take the stand in his murder trial today, but the beginning of the defense case has now been delayed until next month. Judge Thokozile Masipa says one of two legal experts helping her with the case is sick and the trial has been suspended... More »

Reeva Texted Pistorius: 'I'm Scared of You'

Couple's WhatsApp revealed in court today

(Newser) - Another neighbor testified at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial today, saying she heard "terrified, terrified screaming" that didn't sound as though it was emanating from an enclosed space, like a bathroom, the morning of Reeva Steenkamp's death, the Telegraph reports. But the most attention-grabbing part of today's... More »

To Pay Lawyers, Pistorius Selling House Where Reeva Died

$9K a day for trial has to come from somewhere

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius' murder trial is reportedly costing him as much as $9,000 per day—so the athlete is selling the Pretoria house where Reeva Steenkamp died, Sky News reports. "It has become necessary to sell Mr Pistorius' home in the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria in order... More »

Expert: Steenkamp Tried to Shield Herself From Bullets

Ballistics expert explains sequence of events at Oscar Pistorius trial

(Newser) - As Reeva Steenkamp lay slumped in Oscar Pistorius' bathroom after being shot, she crossed her arms over her head to protect herself, a police ballistics expert testified at Pistorius' murder trial today. The first bullet hit Steenkamp in the right hip as she stood, facing the closed door, and she... More »

Ex-Cop: Item Missing From Pistorius Crime Scene

Defense emphasizes shoddy police work on day 10

(Newser) - After days of graphic testimony that left Oscar Pistorius vomiting , the athlete appeared "calm and composed" for day 10 in court today, the Telegraph reports. The court was shown photos taken of Pistorius following the shooting in which he appeared in shorts and wearing his prosthetic legs, covered in... More »

Oscar Pistorius Vomits Again as Testimony Gets Graphic

Police officer describes 'trail of blood'

(Newser) - Once again, things got very graphic today at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial —and once again, the athlete threw up . This time, it was pictures of Reeva Steenkamp's head after she was shot that prompted the vomiting, the BBC reports. Police commander Schoombie van Rensburg described his arrival... More »

Expert: Pistorius 'on Stumps' When He Bashed Door

Pistorius has claimed he put on his prosthetic legs first

(Newser) - A forensic expert testified today that Oscar Pistorius was not wearing his prostheses when he broke down his bathroom door after shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the BBC reports. Pistorius has said he was wearing them, and while cross-examining the witness, his defense team asked the expert to kneel while holding... More »

Pistorius Vomits Amid Autopsy Details

Reporting of graphic information barred

(Newser) - Autopsy details provided today at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are so graphic that reporting and tweeting have been banned—and indeed, the findings appear to have been too much for Pistorius himself. He threw up in court as pathologist Gert Saayman discussed Reeva Steenkamp's injuries, AFP reports. His emotional... More »

Pistorius Trial Takes 'Soap Opera' Turn

Ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor testifies

(Newser) - It was "a bit of a soap opera" in court today for the fifth day of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial, a journalist tweeted . Pistorius was "transfixed" on the witness stand as his teary ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor told the court he kept a gun on him "all the... More »

Pistorius Gags as Trial Turns Graphic

Plus: Neighbor maintains screams he heard were from a woman

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius' murder trial continued today and up for discussion again were those "bloodcurdling screams" neighbor Michelle Burger said she heard the morning of Reeva Steenkamp's death. Her husband, Charl Johnson, took the stand to dispute what Pistorius' lawyer had said were perhaps screams from the athlete himself... More »

Pistorius Asked Pal to Take Fall for Gun Incident: Testimony

Kevin Lerena says runner feared 'media hype'

(Newser) - When Oscar Pistorius accidentally fired a pistol in a crowded Johannesburg restaurant, nearly hitting his friend Kevin Lerena, he then asked another friend to take the blame for the incident, Lerena testified at Pistorius' murder trial today. The incident, which came just weeks before Pistorius fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp,... More »

Lawyer: Maybe Pistorius Was 'Woman' Who Screamed

Under duress, he sounds like a woman, argues defense

(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... More »

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