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« Reply #80 on: March 05, 2014, 09:40:28 AM »

http://www.smh.com.au/world/oscar-pistorius-murder-trial-ko-kid-recalls-the-night-pistorius-fired-a-gun-in-a-restaurant-20140305-347vl.html
Oscar Pistorius murder trial: KO Kid recalls the night Pistorius fired a gun in a restaurant
March 5, 2014

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« Reply #81 on: March 05, 2014, 11:25:52 AM »

https://twitter.com/vinniepolitan
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BTW, after you watch online, this is what you should look out for on TV during testimony! #onthecase #PistoriusTrial pic.twitter.com/LUCUGnpgu0
 
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Today's 5 Keys to the Case! Look for them when you watch at Noon ET #onthecase #PistoriusTrial #Bladerunner @HLNTV

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« Reply #82 on: March 05, 2014, 09:48:55 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.

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.

Thanks, Muffy.

Makes it difficult to watch for me. Not a good time for me to be sitting at my computer desk watching like I do all the other trials.

(I don't have a laptop to be able to watch in the bedroom.)

Oh well, guess I'll just have to watch the news to keep apprised of it.
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« Reply #83 on: March 06, 2014, 03:46:31 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/03/06/witness-describes-pistorius-attempting-to-help-mortally-wounded-girlfriend/
Witness describes Pistorius attempting to help 'mortally wounded' girlfriend
March 6, 2014

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA –  The seventh witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial provided emotive and at times gruesome testimony Thursday on the double-amputee runner's distraught actions and the fatal injuries of his girlfriend immediately after she had been shot three times — once in the head — on Valentine's Day last year.

Johan Stipp, a doctor, neighbor and one of the first responders on the scene, said he found Pistorius desperately trying to help Reeva Steenkamp after carrying her downstairs from the bathroom where he shot her. The star athlete claims the shooting was a mistake. Stipp said "it was obvious that she was mortally wounded."

A look at the fourth day of the trial:

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DYING OR DEAD?

In measured tones and describing specific details, Stipp testified about what he saw when he arrived at Pistorius' villa soon after the shooting.
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« Reply #84 on: March 06, 2014, 04:49:44 PM »

Does anyone know how long they were dating
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« Reply #85 on: March 06, 2014, 04:54:28 PM »

Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete cannot bear to listen as defence claims Reeva Steenkamp’s injuries were so serious she couldn't possibly have screamed during gun shots

Sat alone in the dock of the North Gauteng High Court, Oscar Pistorius put his head in his hands as the court heard of the brain damage that would have been inflicted on his late girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, when the bullet hit.

The Olympic sprinter, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Steenkamp, briefly placed his hands over his ears as his defence counsel questioned the first witness in his trial.

Dr Michelle Burger, a neighbour, broke down in tears as she recounted hearing the “blood-curdling screams” of a woman in the early hours of 14 February last year.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/oscar-pistorius-trial-athlete-cannot-bear-to-listen-as-court-is-told-of-reeva-steenkamps-fatal-injuries-9167606.html
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« Reply #86 on: March 06, 2014, 08:09:21 PM »

Does anyone know how long they were dating

Hi Blonde    it's good to see you.  This source says Oscar and Reeva had been dating for several months.  BTW, even though the two were seen flirting and kissing just days before her death doesn't mean all was well in the relationship imo.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2570848/Oscar-Pistorius-Reeva-Steenkamp-flirtand-kiss-shop-ten-days-shot-dead.html
Flirting and kissing just days before her death: CCTV footage emerges of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp in grocery store ten days before shooting
March 6, 2014

 
Pistorius had been dating Miss Steenkamp for several months when he killed her by firing shots through the bathroom door of his home on Valentine's Day last year.
 
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« Reply #87 on: March 06, 2014, 08:30:32 PM »

Vinnie Politan has been tweeting about this case.  Click on the blue link to read:

https://twitter.com/vinniepolitan
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« Reply #88 on: March 10, 2014, 09:57:24 AM »

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/24928814/pistorius-vomits-during-graphic-testimony
Pistorius vomits during graphic testimony
March 10, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius vomited in the dock at his murder trial Monday as he heard graphic details of the injuries sustained by the girlfriend he fatally shot.

The testimony of Prof. Gert Saayman, the pathologist who performed the autopsy on Reeva Steenkamp's body, was not broadcast or reported live on Twitter by journalists because of its explicit content under an order from Judge Thokozile Masipa. However, journalists were allowed to report the testimony without directly quoting the witness.

The double-amputee runner, hunched over on a bench, reacted to the description of Steenkamp's wounds by vomiting and retching repeatedly, prompting Masipa to briefly halt the testimony to ask chief defense lawyer Barry Roux to attend to his client. The judge also asked whether Pistorius was able to understand the proceedings. Roux said Pistorius' reaction was not going to change. A bucket was placed at his feet.
 
Earlier, prosecutor Gerrie Nel, supported by chief defense lawyer Barry Roux, said Saayman's testimony would have an "explicitly graphic nature" and should not be shown around the world. Masipa then announced a ban on live audio and video broadcasting, and extended the order to live reporting on social media.

"Twitter is not allowed. Blogging is not allowed," Masipa said.

Proceedings can be partly televised and the audio can be broadcast in its entirety under a judge's pre-trial order that sought to balance the right to a fair trial with the intense public interest in the Pistorius case and the principle of open justice. Under the order, some witnesses can choose not to be shown on television.

Earlier Monday, Masipa extended that order, saying "private witnesses are more vulnerable than public figures" and that still photographs of witnesses who requested some discretion cannot be published or disseminated for the duration of the trial, even if they were obtained from sources outside the courtroom.

The new ruling followed the publication in a South African media outlet last week of a photo of a witness whose image was lifted from a publicly accessible website.

Before the adjournment Monday, a security guard who said he spoke with Pistorius soon after the shooting of Steenkamp was challenged by the defense about his recollection of the sequences of the events that night.

The sequence is important for the defense because, if it can prove that Pistorius called security first, it could support the contention that he was seeking help as quickly as possible.

The guard, Pieter Baba, had testified Friday that he called Pistorius and was told "everything is fine" on the telephone. Baba said Pistorius then called him back moments later, didn't speak, was crying and the second call then ended.

Baba said he was responding to neighbors' reports of gunshots coming from Pistorius' home after 3 a.m. on Valentine's Day last year. He drove with a fellow guard to Pistorius' villa and made the call from outside the house.

Baba's statement that he called Pistorius first could back the prosecution's case that the killing was premeditated, and that Pistorius was trying, at least initially, to conceal what he had done.

On Monday, however, Roux said call records showed Pistorius called security first, but couldn't speak because he was "indeed crying."

"I'm the one who called him first," Baba insisted.
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« Reply #89 on: March 11, 2014, 03:10:16 PM »

Oscar Pistorius Trial Day 7: Bullet sequence may ultimately decide Blade Runner's fate
 http://sports.yahoo.com/news/oscar-pistorius-trial-day-7--bullet-sequence-may-ultimately-decide-blade-runners--fate-151853881.html
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« Reply #90 on: March 11, 2014, 03:34:41 PM »

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/africa/pistorius-had-row-with-policeman-over-gun-friend-tells-trial-1.1720309
Pistorius had row with policeman over gun, friend tells trial
Verbal altercation followed flagging down of car near Johannesburg in 2012, friend testifies

March 11, 2014

South African track star Oscar Pistorius had a row with a policeman who picked up his gun after pulling over his friend for speeding, saying “You can’t just touch another man’s gun,” the friend told the athlete’s murder trial today.
 
His friend, Darren Fresco, told the court in Pretoria that he had been driving south of Johannesburg in September 2012 when Mr Pistorius, nicknamed “Bladerunner” for his carbon fibre prosthetics, and his then girlfriend Samantha Taylor, were flagged down.

“Another officer went over to the passenger seat where Oscar Pistorius was sitting and he picked up a gun. There was a verbal altercation between the accused and the officer,” Mr Fresco said.
“Pistorius said to the officer, ‘You can‘t just touch another man’s gun,’ ” Mr Fresco said. “Then they argued.”
After being allowed to leave, Mr Pistorius “out of the blue” fired the gun through the open sunroof of the car, to the astonishment of Mr Fresco, who was driving at the time.
“Apologies for my language, but I asked him if he was f***ing mad,” Mr Fresco told the court. “He just laughed.”
In another shooting incident previously related during the trial, the 27-year-old Paralympic and Olympic star asked Mr Fresco to take the rap on his behalf after discharging a firearm inside a packed Johannesburg restaurant.
“Being a friend I said I would, with pleasure,” the long-haired Mr Fresco said.
Mr Pistorius is facing separate gun charges for the two incidents, part of the prosecution’s attempts to paint him as a cocky, gun-obsessed hothead who does not like to take responsibility for his actions.
Of the four rounds he fired through the toilet door, three hit his girlfriend, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, in the hip, shoulder and head.
Earlier, state pathologist Prof Gert Saayman told the court that food found in Ms Steenkamp’s stomach suggested she had eaten at about 1am - two hours before she died and in contradiction to Mr Pistorius’s testimony that the couple went to bed at 10pm.
Prof Saayman said Ms Steenkamp would most certainly have screamed after being shot in the arm and hip before a final shot in the head killed her.
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« Reply #91 on: March 13, 2014, 02:01:25 PM »

http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/gallery-oscar-pistorius-trial-day-9-1.1661056
Gallery: Oscar Pistorius trial Day 9
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« Reply #92 on: March 13, 2014, 05:07:52 PM »

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/oscar-pistorius-trial-day-9--photographic-tour-provides-first-glimpse-inside-blade-runner-s-home-171740345.html video at link
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« Reply #93 on: March 20, 2014, 03:52:32 PM »

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/25026914/pistorius-selling-house-where-he-shot-steenkamp
Pistorius selling house where he shot Steenkamp
March 20, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Oscar Pistorius is selling the house where he killed Reeva Steenkamp to raise money for his legal bills, the athlete's lawyer said Thursday.

Pistorius has not returned to the upscale Pretoria villa since the day he shot his girlfriend in a bathroom over a year ago and "cannot contemplate ever returning to live there again," lawyer Brian Webber said.

Pistorius had planned to keep his home "sealed" until after his ongoing murder trial, Webber said, but it is now necessary to sell it to fund his defense because the double amputee's trial will last longer than the initial three-week period that was predicted.

"Due to the delay in finalizing the trial, the decision to urgently dispose of his single biggest asset has had to be made," Webber said in a statement.

Pistorius valued the house at $456,000 at his bail hearing last year. He has not been back there since it was returned to him by police over a year ago, Webber said. The house is being sold by the estate agency of Pistorius' longtime track coach, Ampie Louw, who first convinced a teenage Pistorius that he had a talent for running.

Pistorius' murder trial was initially planned to run Mar. 3 to Mar. 20, but prosecutors are still presenting evidence and expect to continue with their case until the middle of next week. Then, Pistorius' defense will call witnesses. The high-profile trial is expected to run into April and maybe longer.
 
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« Reply #94 on: March 20, 2014, 04:34:25 PM »

Sounds like he is going to be living somewhere else anyway.
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« Reply #95 on: March 24, 2014, 09:02:04 AM »

http://abcnews.go.com/International/oscar-pistorius-neighbor-heard-shots-womans-scream-shots/story?id=23032174
Oscar Pistorius' Neighbor Heard Shots, Woman's Scream, More Shots
March 24, 2014


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« Reply #96 on: March 24, 2014, 09:04:18 AM »

http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-pistorius-murder-trial-20140324,0,575032.story
Pistorius trial witness: Screams sounded like 'family murder'
March 24, 2014

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« Reply #97 on: March 24, 2014, 09:06:44 AM »

If nothing else, Oscar Pistorius was reckless with his firearm, shooting through a closed door.  If the judge decides Oscar didn't know it was Reeva behind the door, Oscar should still be punished for being so reckless and dangerous.  JMHO
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« Reply #98 on: March 24, 2014, 03:10:40 PM »

http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-pistorius-trial-steenkamp-text-messages-20140324,0,2872974.story?track=rss
Pistorius trial: Steenkamp sent text messages expressing her fears
March 24, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Model and lawyer Reeva Steenkamp sent a cellphone message to her boyfriend, South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, weeks before he fatally shot her saying that his behavior sometimes scared her.

Steenkamp’s direct words were heard in Pretoria’s high court for the first time Monday as police cellphone expert Francois Moller read out iPhone messages and chats between the couple that the policeman extracted from their phones. He said 90% of the messages were loving. But she sounded deeply unhappy in others that he read out.

“I’m scared of you sometimes of how you snap at me and how you will act to me,” she wrote to Pistorius on Jan. 27, 2013.

The picture Steenkamp painted in some messages to him was of a possessive, jealous man who threw tantrums, criticized her in public and accused her of flirting with other men. She began dating him in November 2012.

Pistorius shot her dead through the door of the toilet, off his bathroom, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, claiming he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four expanding bullets through the door.

At times, she said in the cellphone message, his manner toward her was “nasty.” She said in the Jan. 27 message that she had fallen in love with him and had been planning to tell him that weekend.

“I do everything to make you happy and to not say anything to rock the boat with you. You do everything to throw tantrums in front of people,” she wrote.

She detailed him picking on her “incessantly” and snapping at her. He could be “cold and offish.”
 
The evidence follows previous testimony from Pistorius’ former girlfriend, Samantha Taylor, who said he often shouted at her and her friends.

Another message extracted from Pistorius’ cell Jan. 11, 2013, appeared to support the prosecution case that Pistorius asked a friend, Darren Fresco, to lie and take the rap after the athlete fired a gun under a table in a crowded restaurant.

“Angel please don’t say anything to anyone,” Pistorius wrote to Steenkamp, according to Moller. “Darren told everyone it was his fault. I can’t afford for that to come out,” he said. “The guys promised not to say a thing.”

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to recklessly discharging a firearm in the restaurant and also pleaded not guilty to firing his pistol into the air from a speeding car. Two witnesses testified he did fire out of the car.
 
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« Reply #99 on: March 28, 2014, 07:56:47 AM »

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/10728909/Pistorius-trial-put-on-hold-moments-before-athlete-to-take-stand.html
Pistorius trial put on hold moments before athlete to take stand
Illness of one of the judge's assessors forces adjournment until April 7, just as the Paralympian was preparing to testify as defence opened case
March 28, 2014

 
The case was called off because one of the assessors who sits with Judge Thokozile Masipa fell ill and was admitted to hospital shortly after the prosecution closed their case on Tuesday.
Advocate Janet Henzen du Toit is believed to have been discharged from hospital on Friday morning but has been told to rest - an instruction that prompted Judge Masipa to declare the trial adjourned for 10 days until April 7.
The unexpected delay was greeted by horrified gasps and intense disappointment by both sets of lawyers and those in the public gallery, which was even more crowded than usual with those keen to hear the athlete give his side of the story.
Pistorius, who had been sitting in the dock praying before the judge came in, looked crushed as he was ushered out by his family. "He was all geared up, he was giving evidence today," one member of his family told The Telegraph.
 
Judge Masipa explained that the court would not be "properly constituted" if she sat without one of her assessors.
Instead, arrangements have been made for the trial to continue in the week that courts across the country would normally be in recess.
It is understood that there is no guarantee Miss du Toit will be sufficiently well to continue with the case on April 7. If that happens, another assessor would need to be appointed and given time to read in to the case, or it could be restarted altogether.
 
The case continues on April 7.
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