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Defense Rests Case in Pistorius Murder Trial

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius gestures during his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, July 8, 2014.
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius gestures during his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, July 8, 2014.
VOA News

The defense for South African runner Oscar Pistorius has rested its case in his murder trial, leaving only closing arguments before the judge decides his fate.

Lawyer Barry Roux told the court Tuesday he had called his final witness.  

Judge Thokozile Masipa then adjourned the trial until August 7 and 8, when the court will hear the final arguments.

Both sides will file their arguments beforehand, and Masipa said Tuesday that neither is to be made public until it is presented in court.

Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home in February 2013.

Prosecutors say he intentionally shot her, while Pistorius maintains he killed Steenkamp by accident, thinking she was an intruder.

If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Pistorius is know as the "blade runner" for his carbon fiber prosthetic legs.  In 2012, he became the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics.

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by: Paulus from: Ireland
July 08, 2014 2:52 PM
four shots could not be an accident and it's more likely intentionally to kill.......IMHO


by: lori from: dickenson tx
July 08, 2014 1:58 PM
Either way its so sad she's no longer here an he did kill her or it was an accident. God bless the outcome Let the truth be found.


by: zenzele from: kwazulu natal
July 08, 2014 1:26 PM
Forgiveness is what Mr Oscar must be showered with the case must be withdrawn convicted or not we will never see his girlfriend yes I feel sorry about all this but what is done can not be UN done thanks

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