A South African court adjourned Oscar Pistorius' murder trial until Wednesday to allow the athlete to regain composure after he broke down and cried on the witness stand Tuesday, as he described the moment he realized he had fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
The South African runner, testifying for a second day in his murder trial, said he initially thought an intruder was in his Pretoria home when he fired shots through a locked bathroom door.
"I flung the door open. I threw it open and I sat over Reeva and I cried. I don't know how long. I don't know how long I was there for. She wasn't breathing," he said.
Several people in the audience wiped their eyes as Pistorius recounted the events leading up to Steenkamp's shooting. After an adjournment, the judge canceled testimony for the rest of the day.
Earlier Tuesday, the defense focused on Pistorius' relationship with Steenkamp.
He told the court that prior to the night he shot Steenkamp, the two had discussed future travel plans and decorating a new house in Johannesburg.
“There were many things that we had in common that we started speaking about more frequently, and there were events that she invited me to and vice-versa, and we started really seeing a future with each other,” he said.
Pistorius also read aloud text messages sent by Steenkamp, as his lead defense lawyer led him through a series of conversations that depict times the couple fought, reconciled and lived happily.
“I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and of how you will react to me. You make me happy 90 percent of the time, and I think we are amazing together,” he said.
The defense is trying to convince the court that Pistorius is not guilty of murdering Steenkamp.
Prosecutors say Pistorius intentionally shot her, while the defense says he thought he was shooting at a nighttime intruder.
On Monday, Pistorius apologized to Steenkamp's family before answering questions about his life before and after the February 2013 shooting, as well as the difficulties caused by his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of pre-meditated murder and three firearm-related offenses. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.
Pistorius is known as the "blade runner" for his prosthetic legs. He became the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics when he ran at the 2012 games in London.
Some information for this report provided by Reuters