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Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, on March 25, 2014. Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told the athlete she was sometimes scared of him in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, his murder trial heard Thursday. "I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me," Steenkamp said via messaging service WhatsApp after the athlete apparently created a scene thinking that she had flirted with another man. AFP PHOTO / POOL - SIPHIWE SIBEKO (Photo credit should read SIPHIWE SIBEKO/AFP/Getty Images) AFP—AFP/Getty Images

Pistorius Trial Adjourned as Prosecution Rests

Mar 25, 2014

Prosecutors in the trial of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius rested their case Tuesday after 15 days of testimony, setting the stage for the accused murderer to take the witness stand himself when his defense begins.

The trial of Pistorius, who is accused of murder after fatally shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14 last year, was adjourned for two days as defense lawyers prepared the athlete's case. He is expected to testify in his defense, possibly as early as Friday.

The final day of prosecution ended with Pistorius' lawyer suggesting the double-amputee known as Blade runner and his girlfriend had been a loving and happy couple. The claim came after evidence was presented Monday of text messages Steenkamp had sent Pistorius, in which she admitted she was "scared" of him sometimes.

But attorney Barry Roux said only four messages out of hundreds showed evidence of any arguments, Sky Sports reports.

Pistorius has denied intentionally killing his girlfriend, maintaining that when he shot her several times through a locked bathroom door it was because he thought she was an intruder. The trial is in its fourth week and is not expected to conclude until May. If found guilty of murder, Pistorius could face life in prison.

[Sky Sports]

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