Prosecutors trying to prove that “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius deliberately killed his girlfriend continued to build on their case Wednesday that the two had a loud argument on Valentine’s Day last year shortly before the fatal shooting.
Neighbors of the once-glamorous couple have been testifying to hearing shouts from his house before a series of gunshots at around 3 a.m. on the day that model Reeva Steenkamp died.
The first witness, Michelle Burger, called the screams “petrifying” and broke down in tears on the stand Tuesday, saying: “It was awful to hear the shots.”
Her husband Charl Johnson was on the stand Tuesday as the day’s hearing ended. He returned to testify Wednesday.
The list of 107 potential witnesses includes a blood-spatter expert, police, ambulance drivers, neighbors and relatives of Pistorius and Steenkamp, as well as some of their former lovers.
Pistorius admits he killed Steenkamp, but says that he mistakenly believed he was shooting a burglar. The verdict will hinge on whether the judge believes him, and on whether she believes that his mistake was reasonable.