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Prosecutor Attacks Credibility Of Oscar Pistorius Expert Witness

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — An expert witness called by the defense team of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius testified about bullet wounds, blood spatter, bruises, ballistics, sound, light, fibers and a toilet door — but acknowledged Wednesday that he wasn’t a pathologist or ballistics expert and had no training in analyzing […]

April 16, 2014

Pistorius Admits ‘No Reason’ To Fire Fatal Shots

Pretoria (AFP) – In a pummelling cross-examination, the prosecution called Oscar Pistorius’s account of killing his girlfriend “impossible” on Thursday, zeroing in on apparent inconsistencies in key parts of his testimony. “Your version is so improbable that nobody would ever think it’s reasonably, possibly true it’s so impossible,” Prosecutor Gerrie Nel thundered during his second […]

April 10, 2014

Prosecutor To Oscar Pistorius: ‘You killed Her…Take Responsibility’

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — Prosecutor Gerrie Nel launched an aggressive cross-examination Wednesday of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Nel pounced when Pistorius admitted that people around the world used to look up to him as a sporting hero until he […]

April 9, 2014

Pistorius Trial: Ballistics Expert Details Steenkamp’s Final Moments

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The final, horrific moments in Reeva Steenkamp’s life came into focus Wednesday at the murder trial of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, as a ballistics expert offered graphic testimony on how she died. Ballistics expert Chris Mangena told the court that Steenkamp, Pistorius’ girlfriend, was […]

March 19, 2014

Stolen Watch Taints Police In Pistorius Probe

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Police investigating the shooting of model and lawyer Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, had to open another investigation into themselves — over the theft of a valuable watch when only police were present, hours after she died. The embarrassing revelation that […]

March 14, 2014

Ex-Girlfriend Tells Of Pistorius’ Gun Use

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — Samantha Taylor, blond with dark eyeliner, cut a slight, nervous figure on the witness stand Friday in Pretoria’s High Court. Taylor, who began dating South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in 2011 at age 17, broke down weeping several times when asked in court about breaking […]

March 7, 2014

Witness Says Pistorius Tried To Cover Up Gunshot In Restaurant

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to lie and take the blame after Pistorius accidentally fired a shot in a popular restaurant in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood last year, the Gauteng North High Court in South Africa heard Wednesday. Boxer Kevin Lerena was […]

March 5, 2014