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Pistorius Becomes Ill During Graphic Court Testimony

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock as he listens to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at court during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, March 10, 2014.Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock as he listens to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at court during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, March 10, 2014.
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Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock as he listens to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at court during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, March 10, 2014.
Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock as he listens to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at court during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, March 10, 2014.
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Oscar Pistorius vomited in court Monday as he heard graphic testimony about the injuries sustained by his girlfriend when he fatally shot her.

The repeated retching and vomiting caused the judge to briefly delay the proceedings and ask the athlete's lawyer to attend to his client.

Pistorius was listening to testimony from the pathologist who performed the autopsy on the body of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

This included a description of bullet wounds Steenkamp suffered to her hand, hip, arm and head when Pistorius shot her through a locked bathroom door in his house the night of February 14, 2013.

Earlier, the judge granted a prosecution request not to allow live broadcasting of Monday's proceedings due to the gruesome content. Twitter messages and blogging were banned as well.

Prosecutors accuse the Olympic athlete of murdering Steenkamp after an argument. Pistorius says he thought he was shooting at an intruder.

The runner has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, recklessly discharging a firearm and illegally possessing ammunition.

If convicted of premeditated murder, he faces a life sentence.

Pistorius is known 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: James Malenfant from: Phoenix, Arizona
March 10, 2014 11:34 PM
Alright then. Thank you. I am a little touchy about comment censorship. I found out that Reuters does it, and I have never read their news since. I think everyone should be able to comment, as long as they are respectful. Thank you.


by: James Malenfant
March 10, 2014 8:30 PM
If i find out that you are censoring comments, to your benefit. I will tell everyone. Thanks you.

by: James Malenfant from: Phoenix, Arizona
March 10, 2014 8:29 PM
He got sick, because he is guilty.

by: Ben
March 10, 2014 7:43 PM
This guy is so full of crap. Could be bothered to bust open the door first? Look before you shoot? Maybe just ASK your girlfriend if an intruder is in there with her, or if she is just taking a pee?

Unless, of course, you KNEW she was in there, hiding from you, because you're a deranged lunatic with gun. Kudos, Blade Runner. I hope the boys have fetishes for amputees where you're going...

by: Rosamelia from: Cartagena, Colombia
March 10, 2014 6:54 PM
At first, I didn't understand howcome Pistorious had become 3 (III)... that said, what a silly article.

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