PRETORIA, South Africa - The defense team for Oscar Pistorius plans to close its case after its last witness completed his testimony at the murder trial on Monday, a lawyer said. The end of testimony signals a new phase in the Olympic sprinter's months-long trial. It is expected to lead to a break during which the defense and prosecution prepare final arguments as the high-profile legal battle moves toward a conclusion.
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Barry Roux, the chief defense lawyer, indicated that he would wrap up on Tuesday morning after final consultations with his team. “We plan to close the case,” Roux told Judge Thokozile Masipa. Pistorius, 27, killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home but says he mistook her for an intruder. The prosecution says Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp after an argument. On Sunday, an Australian broadcaster showed video footage of Pistorius participating in a re-enactment of how he says events unfolded on the night he killed Steenkamp. The broadcast by Channel Seven prompted criticism from a lawyer for Pistorius who said the re-enactment was made last year as part of the defense team's trial preparations. The video has not been shown at the trial, and it was not mentioned in court on Monday. The trial continues.
- The Associated Press
First published July 7 2014, 6:51 AM