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Defense team for Oscar Pistorius closes case

Jul 8, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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After 39 days in court, the team defending Oscar Pistorius against charges he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, have finished calling witnesses. Pistorius’ lawyers have argued that the double amputee and 2012 Olympian thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot through a locked door in his South Africa home bathroom on Valentine’s Day 2013.

The trial will adjourn until August 7-8, when final arguments for both the defense and prosecuting teams are scheduled.

Lawyer Barry Roux said “there’s nothing that we can do” about witnesses who did not want to testify due to the intensely public nature of the case, according to the AP. Roux chose not to ask the judge to compel unwilling witnesses to testify.

After closing arguments are presented, Judge Thokozile Masipa will pass a verdict on whether Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder. Pistorius could also be convicted of culpable homicide, South Africa’s version of manslaughter for negligent killing.

He could face a prison sentence of 25 years to life. South Africa does not have the death penalty.

Here’s NBC News’ coverage of the trial.




  1. stefaniehmarshall - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    up to I looked at the paycheck saying $4156 , I have faith that…my… cousin was realie taking home money part-time from there labtop. . there sisters roommate haz done this less than eleven months and at present paid the loans on their condo and bought a gorgeous Ford Mustang . i was reading this………………………

  2. mogogo1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Closing arguments will be interesting to see how the defense tries to tie everything together. Just a confusing, disjointed defense from start to finish. Makes me think Pistorius vetoed much of what the lawyers wanted to do because he didn’t want to look bad during the trial. It looks like he thought he could beat the rap and still look like a sympathetic figure.

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