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Bullet-Marked Bathroom Door Takes Center Stage at Pistorius Trial

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Forensic analyst Johannes Vermeulen holds a cricket bat in front of the toilet door from Oscar Pistorius' home as he gives evidence on Wednesday.ALEXANDER JOE / AFP - Getty Images

The brown, bullet-marked toilet door through which Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend was set up in the courtroom at the athlete's murder trial Wednesday.

Pistorius, the world-famous double-amputee runner, is on trial for murder for firing four times through the door in a bathroom at his home on Feb. 14 last year, hitting Reeva Steenkamp three times and killing her. He says he shot her by mistake thinking she was an intruder hiding in the toilet cubicle and denies murder.

Prosecutors maintain Pistorius shot Steenkamp intentionally. He faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison before parole if convicted on the murder charge.

The door has always been viewed as crucial evidence in the case. It was removed from Pistorius' home in the hours after he shot Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law gradudate.

It was kept by police but also taken back to Pistorius' Pretoria villa with their permission last year so that forensic experts working for the Olympian could do their own work on it.

The trial continues.

- The Associated Press

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