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Oscar Pistorius expected to testify with prosecution’s case wrapped

Mar 25, 2014, 9:38 AM EDT

Oscar Pistorius AP

The prosecution closed its case against Oscar Pistorius in the Olympian’s murder trial Tuesday.

Pistorius then made brief comments to media, and one of his lawyers said there’s “no choice” but to put Pistorius on the witness stand after the trial resumes Friday.

The trial is off the next two days to allow the defense time to contact and consult with witnesses who were not called to testify by the prosecution in the first 15 days of the trial.

Questions of if Pistorius would testify in his own defense were answered by lawyer Brian Webber after Tuesday’s session.

Pistorius’ plea explanation on March 3 indicated he would testify.

“I am advised that I will have an opportunity to deal with a comprehensive version of the events when I testify,” was read by one his lawyers.

Pistorius briefly spoke with reporters after Tuesday’s session in Pretoria.

Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, is on trial for charges including the premeditated murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on the early morning of Valentine’s Day 2013.

He could face at least 25 years in prison if convicted of premeditated murder. He said he shot four times through a door, hitting and killing Steenkamp, thinking there was an intruder locked in his bathroom on Valentine’s Day 2013.

The prosecution said Pistorius shot after an argument with Steenkamp.

The court heard testimony Tuesday from three witnesses before the prosecution wrapped its case.

Police Capt. Francois Moller returned, one day after reading text messages between Pistorius and Steenkamp that showed arguing between the couple in the weeks before the shooting.

On Tuesday, Moller read a larger amount of loving text messages between the couple.

He also detailed the timing of calls made from one of Pistorius’ cell phones to Steenkamp on the day before the shooting and calls made from the cell phone after the shooting. Calls were made to emergency and security numbers, friends and family in the early morning after the shooting.

Police officer Adriaan Maritz testified about crime in the area around Pistorius’ home in Pretoria from January 2011 to April 2013.

Finally, Col. J.G. Vermeulen returned to the stand, after first doing so two weeks ago, and was questioned about an additional mark on the bathroom door that Pistorius shot through and said he broke into with a cricket bat.

Here’s NBC News’ coverage of the Pistorius trial.

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  1. roseann894 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Pistorius’s loved on wasn’t in the bathroom when the shooting commenced, it was in his hand.

  2. mogogo1 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Still not understanding what the defense strategy is. His best defense on the murder charge would be to come across as a paranoid nutjob who is crazily irresponsible with guns–that would at least leave him the argument that it really was some horrible accident. Yet, oddly, he’s pleading not guilty to the lesser charges of firing the gun in the restaurant and in the car.

    He’s going to be totally destroyed on cross examination because there are no rational answers to any of the questions he’ll be asked. Why didn’t you check where your girlfriend was before shooting? Why was she fully clothed with two cell phones if she was just quickly going potty? Why didn’t you immediately call for help if it was an accident? How come everybody else heard screams and shouting before the shooting?

    • florida727 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Unfortunately for Oscar, your questions are all going to be asked. Well stated #mogogo1. I simply can’t see this guy getting off on the murder charge. Then again, think O.J. Nothing is impossible.

      • mogogo1 - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Yes, but unlike OJ, this isn’t a jury trial. Clearly, they’re desperate but putting a defendant on the stand to answer questions about the “sometimes you frighten me” text from the girl he ended up killing is nuts.

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