ESPN reported today that Oscar Pistorius was accused by a prosecutor Friday of shooting his girlfriend through a toilet door as the couple talked and argued in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. The dramatic courtroom exchange ended the world-famous athlete’s first week of testifying at his murder trial.
Pistorius denied the charge as prosecutor Gerrie Nel pushed the Paralympic champion on his version of the events in the seconds before he killed Reeva Steenkamp by firing four times through the stall door in his bathroom with a 9 mm pistol on Feb. 14, 2013.
“She was standing behind the toilet door talking to you when you shot her,” Nel told Pistorius, saying the couple’s arguing was the only “reasonable explanation” for why she was standing behind the cubicle door and facing it.
“That’s not true,” Pistorius replied.
Pistorius says he shouted at what he thought was an intruder in his house and also at Steenkamp to call the police. Nel said that if that were the case, she would not have stood up against the door. She would have retreated away from it. And she would have responded to Pistorius, the chief prosecutor said.
“I don’t think anybody could say where she would have stood,” Pistorius replied. MORE…