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Oscar Pistorius claims he accidentally fired his gun

Reeva Steenkamp Oscar PistoriusThe Oscar Pistorius murder trial took an interesting turn on Wednesday when the six-time Paralympic gold medalist testified that he accidentally fired the shots that killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius’ defense all along has been that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, but not that the actual gunfire was a mistake.

Pistorius was being cross-examined by prosecutor Gerrie Nel when he claimed he did not mean to fire his weapon four times.

“I made a mistake,” he said several times.

“You made a mistake?” Nel replied. “You killed a person. You shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp. Why don’t you take responsibility for that?”

Nel then went on to show a close-up photo of Steenkamp’s head wound and told Pistorius to look at it. He spoke about a news segment earlier this year that that showed Pistorius firing shots at a watermelon.

“You know the same happened to Reeva’s head,” Nel said. “It exploded … It had the exact same effect, the bullet that went into her head.”

Pistorius then began sobbing and a recess was taken so he could compose himself. When he returned, he clarified what he meant when he said that the gunshots were accidental.

“I did not purposefully fire the shots through the door,” he said. “The accident was that I discharged my firearm because I believed an intruder was coming to attack me … The discharge was accidental. Before thinking, out of fear, I had fired four shots.”

Pistorius had previously testified that he fired the shots through the bathroom door because he feared there was an intruder inside. He never claimed the actual firing of the weapon was an accident. Neighbors have testified that they heard a woman scream before the shots were fired.

Reeva Steenkamp told Oscar Pistorius ‘I’m scared of you sometimes’

Reeva Steenkamp Oscar PistoriusA series of messages that were exchanged between Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a smartphone app called WhatsApp were read at Pistorius’ trial on Monday. The messages, which were downloaded from Steenkamp’s phone by police captain Francois Moller, indicated that Steenkamp was frightened by Pistorius’ temper just weeks before he shot and killed her.

“I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me,” Steenkamp wrote in one message, according to CNN.com. “You make me happy 90% of the time … I’m not some other bitch.”

Moller noted that 90% of the messages exchanged between the two were normal and loving in nature. However, there were several that seemed to show Pistorius had an issue with jealousy and would confront Steenkamp because of it.

“You have picked on me incessantly,” she wrote in another message. “I was not flirting with anyone today and I feel sick that you suggested that.”

Less than a week before Steenkamp was killed, she wrote a message to Pistorius expressing her disappointment after he apparently lashed out at her in public.

“I didn’t think you would criticize me for doing that, especially so loudly that others could hear…” Steenkamp wrote. “I regard myself as a lady and I didn’t feel like one after we left.”

Earlier on Monday, Pistorius’ neighbor Anette Stipp testified that she heard a series of three gunshots the morning of the shooting, followed by a woman and a man screaming, and then more shots after the screaming. Pistorius’ defense team has argued that the only screaming neighbors could have heard was that of Oscar after he realized he had shot his girlfriend. Stipp said she heard “terrified, terrified screaming.”

“It sounds to me as if there’s a family murder,” she said. Why else would she scream like that?”

The trial, which was originally expected to be over by March 20, is now scheduled to run through mid-May.

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Oscar Pistorius reportedly shot gun out of car sunroof without warning

Reeva Steenkamp Oscar PistoriusThe prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial seems intent on proving that the six-time Paralympic gold medal winner has a thing for guns. On Tuesday, Pistorius’ friend Darren Fresco took the stand and spoke about an incident where an allegedly angry Pistorius fired a gun through the sunroof of a car.

Fresco said that he was the driver of a car that was stopped by police in 2012 for a routine traffic violation. During the stop, Fresco said an officer handled Pistorius’ weapon. This allegedly infuriated Pistorius.

“(The) officer had picked up the accused’s weapon, to which the accused said ‘You can’t just touch another man’s gun,’” Fresco recalled. “He was furious about it, that someone else had touched his gun.”

To express his displeasure, Fresco claims Pistorius later fired the weapon through the sunroof of the car.

Pistorius’ ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor also testified about the sunroof shooting incident, claiming Oscar and Fresco joked about shooting a “robot,” or traffic light, before Pistorius fired the gun. Taylor also said that Pistorius used to sleep with a gun at his bedside and woke up several times during the night to investigate noises he heard while they were dating.

Last week, another friend of Pistorius testified that Oscar accidentally fired a weapon in a restaurant once and begged Fresco to take the blame.

We all know I’m hardly a legal expert, but I could see the “trigger-happy” angle working for either the prosecution or the defense in this case. Pistorius’ alleged quick finger could explain why he was so quick to shoot at what he thought was an intruder, or it could explain why he was so quick to shoot Reeva Steenkamp if they got into an argument. That will be for the judge to decide.

Oscar Pistorius vomited during Reeva Steenkamp autopsy testimony

Reeva Steenkamp Oscar PistoriusWhether Oscar Pistorius is guilty or innocent, there is no denying he is having a difficult time sitting through some of the testimonies in the Reeva Steenkamp shooting trial. On Monday, Pistorius sobbed and vomited into a bucket during a testimony from the pathologist who conducted the autopsy on Steenkamp.

According to NBC’s Olympic Talk, Gert Saayman gave a graphic testimony that included details about Steenkamp’s shattered skull and descriptions of her fatal gunshot wounds. Judge Thokozile Masipa banned any live video, audio or tweeting of Saayman’s testimony after Saayman warned that the autopsy findings “could compromise the dignity of the deceased.”

Marzanne vd Berg, a reporter from South Africa, noted that a short adjournment was needed after Pistorius threw up at the start of Saayman’s testimony. Pistorius was later photographed with a bucket underneath him and a towel on his head, with reporters noting that he was making “loud retching noises” during the proceedings.

Pistorius also broke down in court last week as a neighbor described the scene he discovered when he went over to Pistorius’ house the night Steenkamp was killed. He has been extremely emotional throughout the entire trial.

Oscar Pistorius breaks down in court during Reeva Steenkamp murder trial

Oscar Pistorius broke down in court Thursday on the fourth day of his murder trial as a neighbor described the scene he discovered the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed. Johan Stipp, a radiologist and Pistorius’ neighbor, told the court about the immediate aftermath of the shooting that took place on Feb. 14, 2013.

“I went near her, and as I bent down, I also noticed a man on the left kneeling by her side,” Stipp testified, via ESPN.com. “He had his left hand on her right groin, and his right hand, the second and third fingers in her mouth. I remember the first thing he said when I got there was, ‘I shot her. I thought she was a burglar. I shot her.’”

As Stipp gave his testimony, Pistorius leaned forward on his courtroom bench and covered his face. He then moved them to cover his ears and remained that way for a while.

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Witness says Oscar Pistorius asked friend to take blame for separate shooting

Reeva Steenkamp Oscar PistoriusThe Oscar Pistorius murder trial began in South Africa on on Monday, and already we have learned of another alleged incident involving the six-time Paralympic gold medalist. On Wednesday, professional boxer Kenin Lorena took the stand as a surprise witness to talk about the time he claims Pistorius accidentally fired a gun in a crowded restaurant.

Lerena said the incident occurred on Jan. 11, 2013 — one month before Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Lerena said he, Pistorius and two other friends, Darren Fresco and Martin Rooney, were dining at an upscale restaurant in Johannesburg when Fresco handed Pistorius a firearm under the table and said “there’s one up.” Lerena interpreted that to mean there was a round in the chamber.

In a testimony that was passed along by ABC News, Lerena told the court that a shot went off moments later and the dining room went silent. Lerena said the bullet grazed his toe and that he went to the bathroom to tend to the injury. He said that Pistorius apologized repeatedly and asked if everyone was OK.

After apologizing, Pistorius allegedly “begged” Fresco to take the blame for the shot going off so Oscar could avoid negative publicity.

“Please Darren, just say it was you,” Lerena recalled Pistorius saying. ”I don’t want any tension around me.”

The managers of the restaurant then came over to investigate the incident and Fresco said the shot was his fault. Lerena said Fresco apologized to restaurant owner Jason Loupis.

“Sorry Jason, my gun fell out of my pants,” Fresco allegedly said.

The group then paid their bill and left, according to Lerena.

Pistorius, who saw his contract suspended by Nike last year, could face at least 25 years in prison if convicted.

Report: Reeva Steenkamp may have told Oscar Pistorius she was pregnant

Reeva Steenkamp Oscar PistoriusA report from the National Enquirer says that police believe Reeva Steenkamp may have revealed to Oscar Pistorius that she was pregnant, leading to a fight between them that left her shot to death on Valentine’s Day.

Pistorius was granted bail last week but is still facing charges of premeditated murder. Pistorius has said that he thought Steenkamp, his girlfriend of three months, was an intruder in his home and that he shot her accidentally. Reports also say he tried to resuscitate her after she was shot.

Prosecutors are arguing that Pistorius murdered Steenkamp by shooting her four times after they had a fight. Reports have said that Pistorius may have been jealous over text messages Steenkamp supposedly traded with rugby player Francois Hougaard. The Enquirer is adding a new detail, saying that police believe she may have told Oscar she was pregnant.

“Police believe the preg­nancy secret she revealed is what sent Pistorius over the edge and left her dead, with bullet wounds to the head, chest, pelvis and hand,” an insider close to investigation told The ENQUIRER.

“Police theorize that Pisto­rius was in a rage – possibly induced by the illegal steroids that were later recovered in his home – and bludgeoned Reeva with a cricket bat during a fierce argument,” said the source. “When police found the bat, there was lots of blood on it.

“Investigators believe Pistorius shot the young woman once while they were fighting.”

This theory also states that Steenkamp hid in the bathroom after getting shot once, and that Pistorius shot through the bathroom door three more times to kill her.

This is certainly a wild suggestion, and a lot of it hinges on whether you believe The Enquirer and its source. An autopsy would determine whether or not Steenkamp was pregnant.

At this point I find Pistorius’ story somewhat difficult to believe. If Steenkamp had spent the night in his room, why would he recklessly fire into the bathroom believing there was an intruder without checking to see where she was first?

This story has had an incredible amount of turns. Not only is Pistorius facing murder charges, but so are Pistorius’ brother and the case’s original prosecutor for cases that were recently reinstated.

H/T Daily Mail via Erik Malinowski