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Day 2 of Pistorius Trial Ends With Neighbor's Cross Examination

  • Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, April 14, 2014.
  • Oscar Pistorius outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, April 10, 2014.
  • Jane Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp's mother is comforted by a relative after her dead daughter's picture was shown on screen during the trial of Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, April 9, 2014.
  • Family members, including uncle Arnold Pistorius, right, cry as they listen to Oscar Pistorius testifying in court in Pretoria, April 8, 2014.
  • Oscar Pistorius becomes emotional during his trial at the high court in Pretoria, April 7, 2014.
  • Members of the public crowd around Oscar Pistorius as he leaves the high court, Pretoria, March 12, 2014.

  • Oscar Pistorius cries as he prays with his sister Aimee and brother Carl at his indictment at the magistrates court in Pretoria, August 19, 2013.
  • This aerial image taken from video provided by VNS24/7 shows the home of Oscar Pistorius in a gated housing complex in Pretoria, Feb. 14, 2013.
  • Olympian runner Oscar Pistorius posing next to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, Jan. 26, 2013.
  • Oscar Pistorius celebrates winning the men's 400 meter final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sept. 8, 2012.

South Africa Opens Pistorius Murder Trial

VOA News
A second day of witness testimony has concluded in the murder trial of South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius.

Witness Michelle Burger was cross-examined by defense lawyers Tuesday, a day after testifying that she heard screams, followed by gunshots, then more screams in the early hours of February 14 last year. Burger lives less than 200 meters from Pistorius's Pretoria home.

"I heard that female screaming terribly. Her life was threatened in the house," Burger testified. "I could not imagine her life not being threatened in the house, so it could not be for me. My lady, I was not there so I never saw anything. I could only hear her shouts and her terrible screaming."

Burger's husband and another neighbor of Pistorius also gave testimony Tuesday.

Pistorius has admitted to shooting model Reeva Steenkamp, but said he mistakenly believed he was firing at an intruder. Prosecutors say Pistorius killed Steenkamp after an argument.

On Monday, Pistorius 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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