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Pistorius Testimony Focuses on Relationship with Steenkamp

The defense for South African runner Oscar Pistorius is focusing on his relationship with girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, as his gives a second day of testimony in the trial over her killing last year.

Pistorius told the court Tuesday that prior to the night he shot Steenkamp at his Pretoria home, 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."



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."



The defense is presenting its side of the case, 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 when he fired his gun through a bathroom door.



Pistorius apologized to Steenkamp's family on Monday before answering questions about his life before and after the shooting, as well as the difficulties caused by his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated 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.

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