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« Reply #60 on: August 19, 2013, 08:45:12 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/08/19/pistorius-from-adored-blade-runner-to-blade-gunner/
Pistorius: From adored 'Blade Runner' to 'Blade Gunner'
August 19, 2013

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (AFP) –  South African Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius was publicly adored, but the killing of his girlfriend has exposed a private life filled with rash behaviour, guns, beautiful women and fast cars.

Before the Valentine's Day shooting of cover girl Reeva Steenkamp, 26-year-old Pistorius was one of the world's most recognisable and admired sportsmen.

 

In 2009 Pistorius spent a night in jail after allegedly assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a party. Last year he allegedly fired a gun through the sunroof of his ex-girlfriend's moving car.

Weeks before he shot his lover, he reportedly discharged a gun by accident at a Johannesburg restaurant.

"Oscar is certainly not what people think he is," said ex-lover Samantha Taylor last November -- two months after a magazine covered the couple's Seychelles holiday.

Taylor is among the 107 witnesses to testify at the trial which opens on March 3.

After Taylor, Pistorius started dating model Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot in the dead of the night on February 14 after, he claims, mistaking her for an intruder.

Pistorius has long been open about his love for guns.

The sprinter slept with a pistol under his bed at his upmarket home in a high security Pretoria estate for fear of burglars, he told Britain's Daily Mail last year.

He once took a journalist interviewing him to a shooting range.
 
A turbulent family life marked his childhood. His parents divorced when he was six and his mother died when he was 15. The date she died is tattooed on his arm.

The middle child between a younger sister and elder brother, he has a problematic relationship with his father, Henke, but the two brothers are close.

Just weeks after he shot Steenkamp, Pistorius's father said white South Africans must own guns because the ANC government does not protect them.

That statement caused discomfort and forced the family to publicly distance itself from the remarks.

The athlete has cut a more humane figure, breaking down and sobbing during his several court appearances this year. On Monday he cried while holding hands and praying with his siblings.

For now his sprinting career is off track, he has pulled out of all races this season.

Days following the murder which has drawn inevitable comparisons with American ex-football star O.J. Simpson, acquitted of killing his ex-wife, Pistorius suffered a huge financial blow.

US sportswear giant Nike and French cosmetic firm Clarins scrapped lucrative endorsement deals they had signed with him.

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« Reply #61 on: August 20, 2013, 12:50:56 PM »

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20130820_ap_19b20c6dd3db421c96abdfcbed45af9e.html
Pistorius, Steenkamp family reps 'talking'
August 20, 2013

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The families of Oscar Pistorius and his slain girlfriend are in contact, a lawyer for Reeva Steenkamp's parents said Tuesday. The communications between the two families is over a possible out-of-court settlement that would compensate the Steenkamps for the killing of their daughter by the double amputee Olympian, according to South African press reports. A South African newspaper reported that negotiations were initiated by Pistorius' lawyers, who the paper said were "desperately trying" to negotiate a settlement before Pistorius goes on trial in March on a charge of premeditated murder for Steenkamp's shooting death. Dup de Bruyn, the lawyer for the Steenkamp family, told The Associated Press that "the two sides are talking" but declined to comment further because of the delicate situation. Before her death Steenkamp reportedly gave financial help to her parents, Barry and June. She was killed by Pistorius on Feb. 14, with prosecutors indicting the world-famous athlete on a charge of premeditated murder Monday. His trial is set for March 3-20 in the South African capital, Pretoria, where a conviction could also make him liable to a substantial civil suit by Steenkamp's family. Pistorius denies murder and says he shot Steenkamp by mistake, thinking she was a dangerous nighttime intruder in his house. South Africa's Times newspaper reported that lawyers for Pistorius had approached Steenkamp's family, and the newspaper said Steenkamp's parents were seeking around $300,000 for loss of income and emotional stress. "Pistorius' lawyers want to settle the lawsuit before the outcome of the criminal trial, in an attempt to reduce a possible payout," The Times said in its front-page story.
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« Reply #62 on: September 16, 2013, 10:19:22 PM »

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Witnesses expected to testify about Oscar Pistorius' temper, use of guns in murder trial
August 25, 2013

JOHANNESBURG –  Oscar Pistorius' character, his temper and his use of guns are expected to be examined in his murder trial for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, based on the prosecution's list of witnesses.

Members of Oscar Pistorius' family, an ex-girlfriend, some of his friends and neighbors, men connected to firearms clubs, a professional cage fighter, a boxer and a host of police specialists and experts are listed as prosecution witnesses for the double-amputee Olympian's murder trial next year.

The Associated Press takes a closer look at some of the 107 state witnesses after Pistorius was indicted on a charge of premeditated murder for the killing of Steenkamp. His trial is set to start on March 3, 2014.

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FIRST ON THE SCENE

Pistorius said in an affidavit, his only testimony so far, that Johan Stander was the first person he phoned after he shot Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14. He asked Stander to call an ambulance. Stander, who Pistorius described as an administrator of the gated community where the athlete lived, arrived at the house as Pistorius carried a fatally wounded Steenkamp downstairs, according to Pistorius.
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« Reply #63 on: September 16, 2013, 10:21:26 PM »

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South Africa's Minister wants toughest sentence for Oscar Pistorius
August 29, 2013



Pretoria:     Murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius must be punished with the toughest sentence, South Africa's Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said.

"We are saying to the courts: we want to see the toughest sentences and we also want to make sure that the accused does not run away, that they finally face justice," Xingwana said Monday as Pistorius re-appeared at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court to hear murder charges against him.

Pistorius' brief court reappearance coincided with the 30th birthday of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp whom he allegedly shot dead at his Pretoria home on the Valentine's Day of Feb 14 this year, reports Xinhua.

Xingwana was at the court, saying she was there to represent the Steenkamp family.

Pistorius was formally served with an indictment for Steenkamp's death.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel also announced Pistorius' trial date which is set for March 3 next year.
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« Reply #64 on: October 01, 2013, 09:17:48 AM »

http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/top-news/pistorius-calls-in-american-forensic-experts/nbCCz/
Pistorius calls in American forensic experts
October 1, 2013

JOHANNESBURG — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers are working with a team of American forensic specialists to help prepare the double-amputee Olympian's defense, and likely counter any evidence given by the nearly 50 police officers and criminal experts that prosecutors could call at his murder trial early next year.
The U.S. forensic team is now in South Africa, Pistorius' spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Tuesday, although she could not give any details of their identities or areas of expertise, or if they would stay for the trial, which begins in March and has been scheduled to last just over two weeks.
 
Pistorius will go on trial at the North Gauteng High Court in the South African capital Pretoria from Mar. 3, accused of premeditated murder in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his house on Feb. 14. The 26-year-old athlete, for years the inspiring poster image of disabled sport, faces a possible life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted. He could also be convicted of a lesser murder charge that has a 15-year mandatory sentence, or even of culpable homicide or negligent killing, which has a 5-year prison term in South Africa if a firearm is used.
South African police took six months to investigate the shooting before indicting Pistorius in August on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition, including nearly 20 forensic experts in their list of over 100 state witnesses for the blockbuster trial. Pistorius' lawyers now have seven months to prepare his defense and draw up their own list of witnesses.
The U.S. experts could be used to counter the state's assertion that Pistorius committed premeditated murder because he knew there was someone in his bathroom in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day and shot through a toilet cubicle door anyway. In the indictment served on Pistorius on Aug. 19 — when his trial date was set — prosecutors also said they have witnesses, most likely neighbors or security guards at the gated community where the Olympian lived, who will testify that they heard a woman scream before the sound of gunshots, insinuating that Pistorius must have known where the 29-year-old Steenkamp was before he fired four shots, hitting her three times and killing her.
Pistorius maintains he mistook the model and reality TV star for a dangerous intruder in his home and shot in fear and in self-defense.
Key forensic evidence will probably include the toilet door through which Pistorius shot, a cricket bat that Pistorius said he used to break down the door when he realized Steenkamp may have been in the cubicle, and records on the multiple cellphones found in his upscale villa in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria after the killing.
If Pistorius' team can prove that he did not have his prosthetic legs on when he shot — and forensic experts may decipher that from the height of bullet holes in the door and the trajectory of the bullets — it will help his defense against the premeditated murder charge and hinder the prosecution, which initially insisted he fired after taking the time to put on his artificial limbs.
There also has been persistent speculation that cellphone records, as well as witness accounts, may hold evidence of a fight between the couple on the night of the shooting and point toward a possible motive.
 
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« Reply #65 on: November 20, 2013, 11:18:36 AM »

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/pistorius-served-papers-gun-charges-20948768
Pistorius Served Papers With 2 More Gun Charges
November 20, 2013

Oscar Pistorius was served with new indictment papers Wednesday containing two extra charges believed to allege that he recklessly shot his gun out the open sunroof of a car last year and fired someone else's handgun at a restaurant weeks before he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The double-amputee Olympian has already been indicted on a main charge of murder for the Feb. 14 shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp and another firearm charge for illegal possession of ammunition in his home.

He now faces the two additional charges relating to firing guns in public.

Pistorius will likely face all four charges at his trial starting in March, although his lawyers can argue against the new gun charges being added to his current indictment as the offenses are alleged to have taken place in Johannesburg — a different court jurisdiction to Pistorius' fatal shooting of Steenkamp at his upscale villa in the South African capital, Pretoria, in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day.
 
Mncube declined to give the exact details of the new charges, only saying they "relate to the contravention of the firearms act." Mncube also said there had been no indication from Pistorius' lawyers if they would challenge the adding of the charges to Pistorius' indictment for the trial.

Prosecutors sought special permission to include the two gun charges against Pistorius on the indictment because they did not fall in the same jurisdiction. Permission was granted by South Africa's director of public prosecutions last month.

It's reported in South Africa that the new charges relate to two alleged incidents where Pistorius recklessly shot a gun in public: The first when Pistorius is alleged to have fired his own licensed 9mm handgun — the gun used to kill Steenkamp — out the open sunroof of a car in Johannesburg while traveling with friends last year.

In the second in January this year, and just weeks before Steenkamp's shooting death, Pistorius is said to have accidentally shot a friend's gun under the table at a Johannesburg restaurant, apparently while admiring it.

For both alleged offenses he could be charged with public endangerment and damage to property.
 
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« Reply #66 on: February 25, 2014, 04:52:18 PM »

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/24820258/bakery-apologizes-for-bad-taste-pistorius-cookies
Bakery apologizes for bad taste Pistorius cookies
February 25, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A South African bakery apologized Tuesday for producing a line of cookies with bad taste messages relating to the upcoming trial of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian charged with murder in his girlfriend's shooting death.

Charly's Bakery did that on Twitter after South African media said the bakery posted photos of cookies decorated with images of Pistorius and messages such as "And the Oscar goes to ... jail," and one of a toilet door and a sign reading "Caution using toilet please don't shoot!"

Another cookie had an image of track athlete Pistorius in front of the logo of his former sponsor, Nike, and the words "Just do it. He did it," according to a picture published by South African newspaper The Citizen on its website.

Pistorius fired shots through a toilet door at his house that killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and will stand trial on a charge of murder. He says he killed Steenkamp by mistake and thought he was acting in self-defense fearing she was a dangerous intruder.

His trial starts Monday, and a judge ruled Tuesday that some parts of the court case could be broadcast live on TV, developments that dominated news headlines in South Africa.
 
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« Reply #67 on: February 25, 2014, 04:58:37 PM »

Reeva Steenkamp was a very beautiful young woman. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26334682
Pistorius case: Partial televising of trial allowed
February 25, 2014


South Africa was stunned when Oscar Pistorius shot dead his model girlfriend

A South African judge has ruled that the trial of athlete Oscar Pistorius can be partially televised.

Mr Pistorius shot his girlfriend, the model and reality TV star Reeva Steenkamp, more than a year ago, and his murder trial begins next Monday.

State prosecutors allege the killing was premeditated, but he claims he mistook her for an intruder.

The BBC's Pumza Fihlani says it will be the first time parts of a trial in South Africa are televised live.
udge Dunstan Mlambo at the court in Pretoria was asked to decide how much, if any, of the proceedings could be filmed and broadcast live.

The application was brought by media groups MultiChoice, eNCA and Eyewitness News, reported Sapa news agency.

Justice Mlambo said the entire audio of the trial could be broadcast live, and sections of the trial could be filmed and televised live.

These included opening arguments, evidence of experts, police witnesses and closing arguments.

The testimony of the accused and his witnesses were exempt, the judge said.
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« Reply #68 on: March 02, 2014, 11:48:39 AM »

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Pistorius trial: Who are the witnesses?
March 2, 2014


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FILE: In this file photo taken Feb, 14, 2014 Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, right, heads to the holding cells at the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius goes on trial Monday, March 3, 2014 for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutors pressing the murder charge have listed 107 witnesses they're able to call and some will say that the world-famous athlete had a fight with Steenkamp and then intentionally killed her.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prosecutors have named 107 witnesses they can call at Oscar Pistorius' trial. Here's a look at some of them and what they might testify about:


WHO SCREAMED AND WHEN?

Did Steenkamp scream before she was shot? Prosecutors maintain they have witnesses who will testify to events that contradict Pistorius' story and suggest there was an argument before she was shot dead. Twenty people — neighbors, security guards and other workers — who are connected to the gated estate where Pistorius lived are on the witness list. Witnesses "heard a woman scream, followed by moments of silence, then heard gunshots and then more screaming," prosecutors say in indictment papers. Pistorius says that he was the only person to scream before shooting Steenkamp through the toilet door and he did that to tell any intruder he thought was there to get out of his house.

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« Reply #69 on: March 02, 2014, 11:56:34 AM »

http://www.theolympian.com/2014/03/02/3012285/south-africa-murder-trial-of-pistorius.html
Murder trial of Pistorius to start in South Africa
March 2, 2014

Oscar Pistorius goes on trial for murder on Monday, but some experts not involved in the case say the double-amputee runner could still be vulnerable to a homicide conviction even if he is acquitted of murdering his girlfriend. That's because, they say, he violated the most basic tenets of gun-handling by shooting into a closed door without knowing — at least, by his account — who was behind it.

South Africa's criminal justice system and gun culture will be under a global spotlight during the Pistorius trial, which has some parallels with the O.J. Simpson case in the United States 20 years ago because of the celebrity factor, the sensational allegations and the fascination of people around the world. Parts of the trial will be broadcast live on television, adding to the scrutiny. Simpson's trial for the killing of his ex-wife and a man was televised in its entirety.

But in one glaring difference, Pistorius acknowledges he killed the victim. The Olympian says he thought Reeva Steenkamp was a nighttime intruder in his home in the early hours of Feb. 14 last year; the prosecution maintains he intentionally shot her several times in the bathroom after an argument.

"They don't have to prove that this glove belongs to O.J. Simpson because it fits his hand," said Marius du Toit, a former prosecutor, magistrate and now criminal defense lawyer. "We know there's only one person who caused Reeva's death."

Du Toit was referring to the leather glove that was found at the scene where Simpson's ex-wife and a man were killed in 1994. The glove seemed too tight when Simpson tried it on in court, prompting a defense lawyer to say: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Simpson was acquitted by a jury.

But prosecutors in the Pistorius case have an edge, said du Toit: "Any person that has admitted to killing another person in circumstances when your actions are unlawful will face a steep hurdle in getting off scot-free."

South Africa has stringent laws regulating the use of lethal force for self-protection. In order to get a permit to own a firearm, applicants must not only know those rules but must demonstrate proficiency with the weapon and knowledge of its safe handling, making it far tougher to legally own a gun in South Africa than many other countries where a mere background check suffices.

Pistorius took such a competency test for his 9 mm pistol and passed it, according to the South African Police Service's National Firearms Center. He therefore should have known that firing through a closed door cannot be viewed in South African law as an accident, according to Andre Pretorius, president of the Professional Firearm Trainers Council, a regulatory body for South African firearms instructors.

Criminal law experts believe that if the prosecution fails to prove premeditated murder, firing several shots through a closed door could bring a conviction for the lesser charge of culpable homicide, a South African equivalent of manslaughter covering unintentional deaths through negligence.

Sentences in such cases range from fines to prison. They are left to courts to determine and are not set by fixed guidelines.

Another key piece of evidence will be the blood spatter analysis on the inside of the toilet cubicle, according to J.C. de Klerk, a ballistics expert who used to work for the South African police. He said it could give an indication of Steenkamp's position when she was shot, including whether she was sitting on the toilet, or hiding behind the door as prosecutors likely suspect.

The "back spatter and front spatter" could also indicate the sequence of shots as they hit Steenkamp and whether there were exit wounds, de Klerk said. But such hard data and other factors, such as the trajectory of the bullets when they were fired, cannot support Pistorius' argument that he was responding to what he thought was an imminent threat.

"It's only him," de Klerk said. "We're only going to rely on what he actually says. There's no scientific evidence that's going to prove that his life was in danger."

Other key evidence could emerge from the mobile phones of Steenkamp and Pistorius that were found in his house. South African prosecutors have sought help from Apple officials to access the locked iPhone of Pistorius, who said he forgot the password. 
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« Reply #70 on: March 02, 2014, 11:57:50 AM »

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/84d9e080431ee6aaa41ebc45a23ba143/Reeva%E2%80%99s-frail-father-will-not-attend-Oscar-trial-20140203
Reeva’s frail father will not attend Oscar trial
March 2, 2014

The Steenkamp family has confirmed that Reeva's father, Barry, will not attend the trial due to health reasons. Family members including Reeva's mother, June will be at the trial.
 

Her parents have lodged a multimillion rand civil claim against Pistorius for loss of income as she supported them financially. Barry and June Steenkamp have since moved from their rented house in Seaview, west of Port Elizabeth, and are running a business in Greenbushes.

June said that she'd start a foundation honouring Reeva's love for the poor and abused, once the trial is over.
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« Reply #71 on: March 02, 2014, 11:59:14 AM »

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/penpix-of-personalities-in-oscar-pistorius-trial/1230608
Penpix of personalities in Oscar Pistorius trial
March 2, 2014

SUMMARY
Following are penpix of some of the personalities in the murder trial of Paralympic and Olympic star Oscar Pistorius:
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« Reply #72 on: March 02, 2014, 12:00:42 PM »

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/regional_news/africa/pistorius-trial-the-pieces-of-the-puzzle/article_965246df-0b73-5576-a1d5-ec4ebe50d3fa.html
Pistorius trial: The pieces of the puzzle
March 2, 2014

OHANNESBURG (AP) — A toilet door, a gun, an iPhone — and some prosthetic legs. A stray bullet and the difference between a man and a woman screaming. All are pieces of the Oscar Pistorius puzzle that will likely be scrutinized at the Olympian's murder trial starting Monday.
A glance at some of the possible evidence:
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THE TOILET DOOR

Pivotal from the outset, the bullet-marked toilet door through which Pistorius shot was removed from his home in the hours after he killed Steenkamp and was held by police. It was taken back to the house last year to be re-hung while forensic experts working for Pistorius' defense recreated the scene. Both sides know its value.
If grouped together, the bullet holes could suggest Pistorius at no point fired a warning shot and therefore may not have been thinking about self-defense but rather had a direct intention to kill. Even if he can show he didn't know it was Steenkamp behind the door, Pistorius could still be found guilty of murder, legal experts say, because he shot with intention to kill someone.
And what about the stray bullet? Investigators initially missed one bullet that did not hit Steenkamp and which was later found in the toilet bowl. Pistorius fired four times and she was hit three times, in the head, arm and hip. Could this bullet be the warning shot to show Pistorius was trying to warn an intruder? A hole in the door may tell.
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Oscar Pistorius Trial 2014: Where to Watch Live; TV and Online Streaming Information of Pretoria Court Proceedings
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/541288/20140302/oscar-pistorius-trial-where-watch-live-online.htm

The channel will be an easy way for audience around the world to get the latest, most relevant information on the most talked-about trial of the contemporary times that has taken the entire world by storm.

Where to Watch Live

The Oscar Pistorius Trial 2014 is expected to begin at 8am GMT (10am local time, 3am EST, 1:30pm India Time).

The live channel will be available on DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact. It will go on air on DStv's channel 199. See the list HERE : http://www.dstv.com/channels/

The channel can be viewed online HERE: http://oscartrialstream.dstv.com/

In addition to that, follow the official Twitter handle of the Oscar Trial Channel 199 for minute-by-minute live tweeting of the events HERE. Also Check the official Facebook page of the Oscar Trail Chennel 199 HERE for live updates.

Additionally check updates from the Twitter Handle of Oscar Pistorius' Public Relations team HERE. The PR team has launched a new handle and claims to give 'factual updates' and 'hard truth' about the events.
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HERE IS A SITE TO WATCH TRIAL LIVE FREE FEED: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Oscar_Pistorius/LIVE-UPDATES-Oscar-Pistorius-trial-day-1-20140303-3

Also have feed on FP of SM.com

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/03/oscar-pistorius-reeva-steenkamp-murder-trial/5966547/
Witness: Screams, then shots night of Pistorius killing
March 3, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A witness at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial testified Monday she heard "bloodcurdling screams" from a woman and then shots, the first testimony in the trial of the Olympic runner.

"I heard her voice during the shots," said neighbor Michele Burger, a University of Pretoria economics professor.

Pistorius, who shot his girlfriend Reeva Steencamp on Valentine's Day 2013, says he thought she was a burglar when he fired at her. If convicted, the venerated athlete and a double amputee, faces life in prison.

Burger told the Pretoria court she was suddenly woken by a women screaming at 3 a.m.

"I was still sitting in the bed and I heard her screams," Burger said. "She screamed for help. Then I also heard a man screaming for help — three times he yelled for help. I heard the screams again (and) it was more intense… she was very scared."

"After, I heard four shots. Four gun shots — bang, bang, bang, bang."


Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to all four charges against him: murder, two charges relating to discharge of a firearm in a public place and one charge of illegal possession of ammunition.
 
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« Reply #76 on: March 03, 2014, 07:57:43 PM »


So, if my math is right, when it is 9AM-3PM in SA ... (probably when the trial hours are), it is 2AM-8AM on the East Coast of the US. Do I have that right?

And that is when the live stream will be?

Appreciate the links for the streams.
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« Reply #77 on: March 05, 2014, 08:56:36 AM »

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« Reply #78 on: March 05, 2014, 09:03:37 AM »


So, if my math is right, when it is 9AM-3PM in SA ... (probably when the trial hours are), it is 2AM-8AM on the East Coast of the US. Do I have that right?

And that is when the live stream will be?

Appreciate the links for the streams.

According to "Timbie" the time table conversion site, you are correct, Brandi.   thumleft
(I chose New Jersey since it's on the East Coast)

http://www.timebie.com/timezone/southafricanewjersey.php

South Africa Time:  9:00 a.m.
New Jersey, United States Time:  2:00 a.m.
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« Reply #79 on: March 05, 2014, 09:35:37 AM »

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/oscar-pistorius-trial-live-sound-was-cricket-bat-banging-bathroom-door-not-gunshots-30065836.html
Oscar Pistorius trial LIVE: 'Sound was cricket bat banging bathroom door, not gunshots'
March 5, 2014

The chief defence lawyer in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial has sought to undermine the prosecution evidence of a couple who say they heard a woman's screams and gunfire the night the athlete fatally shot his girlfriend.
Lawyer Barry Roux said telephone records will show that the banging sounds the neighbours heard were instead a distressed Pistorius hitting a toilet door with a cricket bat to get to fatally wounded girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Charl Johnson and his wife Michelle Burger have testified to hearing a sequence of events in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day last year that involved a woman screaming, a man shouting for help and then the sound of gunshots.

Cross-examining Mr Johnson on the third day of the blockbuster trial, Mr Roux said call records will show Pistorius called an estate manager at around 3.19am and soon after he bashed in the door with the bat.

In Mr Johnson and Ms Burger's evidence, they said they heard what they described as shots straight after making a call to security at 3.16am. The similar times show the sounds were the bat on the door, Mr Roux argued.

"There is only one thing you could have heard, because it coincides precisely," Mr Roux said to Mr Johnson. "That was the time that he (Pistorius) broke down the door (with the bat)."

Mr Johnson replied, addressing the judge: "My lady, I am convinced the sound I heard was gunshots."
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