Oscar Pistorius murder trial photo sequence shows trail of blood stains, glimpses of Reeva Steenkamp’s body
Mar 13, 2014, 10:54 AM EDT
Testimony at Oscar Pistorius‘ murder trial Thursday took the court on a photo tour of the double amputee’s home shortly after the shooting, following a trail of blood stains.
Among dozens of pictures shown were images of the body of Pistorius’ girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, after her death, according to reports from the Pretoria, South Africa, court room.
The Steenkamp pictures were shown briefly as the operator scrolled to find other pictures.
The images of his dead girlfriend caused a reaction from Pistorius, who was seated in front of a screen showing the pictures.
He bowed his head and covered his ears. He also reportedly threw up in court for the second time this week. The screen in front of Pistorius was later turned off.
The photo tour went upstairs, into Pistorius’ bedroom and the bathroom where Steenkamp was shot, showing a collection of watches, multiple cellphones and a gun along the way.
Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, is on trial for charges including murdering Steenkamp on the early morning of Valentine’s Day 2013.
He could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder. He shot four times through the bathroom door, hitting Steenkamp inside.
The prosecution asserts Pistorius shot through the door after an argument with Steenkamp. Pistorius has said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.
The trial is expected to resume at 3:30 a.m. ET on Friday. The trial, originally scheduled for a window through March 20, could now be allowed to run through April 4. If it is not finished by April 4, it would not restart until April 11 at the earliest.
Here’s video of Pistorius’ reaction to the brief glimpses of Steenkamp in the photo sequence:
Here’s video of Pistorius defense lawyer Barry Roux spelling out this YouTube URL of a California man comparing the sound of a cricket bat hitting a door to a gunshot for forensic analyst Col. J.G. Vermeulen to watch:
Here’s video of former police colonel Schoombie van Rensburg‘s recollection from shortly after the shooting, saying a witness told him Pistorius said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder:
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Ashton Eaton clocks a decathlon world record. The third fastest woman ever in the 200m. The U.S. was shut out of the medals in its best event.
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A CCTV cameraman presented Bolt with a red bracelet.
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Bolt previously said he would retire after the 2017 World Championships.
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Also, Allyson Felix broke a U.S. record for World Championships medals.
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Aug 26, 2015, 1:45 PM EDT
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Johnson could become the first African-American woman to compete on an Olympic water polo team.
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