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Oscar Pistorius' trial picked up again on Tuesday, and a LOT has happened in the past 48 hours!
First, the former Olympian's defense attorney Barry Roux challenged Michelle Burger's previous testimony that she heard a woman scream after the fourth gunshot went off. However, ballistic reports showed that the final shot struck Reeva Steenkamp in the head, and an expert witness would later confirm this would have incapacitated her on impact.
"There was serious, serious brain damage, and our evidence will be that a person with that brain damage will have no response, no cognitive function, no thought process. It cannot be. She could not have screamed."
The graphic recount clearly had an effect on Oscar, who was visibly upset and put his head in his hands as he wept in the courtroom.
Estelle van der Merwe, who lives less about 100 yards away from Oscar's home, was the second witness called to the stand and said she heard an argument which was later followed by loud bangs. However, Barry discounted her testimony saying she only heard a woman's voice and couldn't even understand what was being said.
Michelle Burger's husband Charl Johnson also took the stand and echoed her story from Monday, but during a cross examination Barry pointed out that the couple had obviously discussed their testimonies with one another, which damaged their reliability.
The trial was momentarily interrupted when it was brought to the judge's attention that a 24-hour news network covering the trial had released images of Michelle Burger, even though she explicitly asked for her privacy.
Judge Thokozile Masipa gave a stern warning to the media outlets, saying:
"I am warning the media, if you do not behave, you are not going to be treated with soft gloves by this court."
Despite the small hiccup, it seems as though Oscar's defense was able to do everything in their power in the past 48 to discount the testimonies by the witnesses through Barry's notoriously tough cross examinations.
The trial will pick up again tomorrow.
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