Prosecutor says Pistorius acted methodically
Oscar Pistorius reads in court, in Pretoria, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Pistorius is severely traumatized after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and will become an increasing suicide risk unless he continues to get mental health care, the judge overseeing his murder trial heard on Wednesday. Defense lawyer Barry Roux read excerpts from a psychologist’s report that said the double-amputee runner is suffering depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and “his condition is likely to worsen” if professional treatment for those conditions is halted. Gianluigi Guercia/The Associated Press
Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 9:30 am
Updated: 3:58 pm, Thu Jul 3, 2014.
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius armed himself and took other methodical steps before he killed his girlfriend, the chief prosecutor said Thursday, trying to cast doubt on the athlete’s account that he reacted instinctively to a perceived intruder.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel made the argument while cross-examining sports physician Wayne Derman, who testified that the Paralympian acted on a “fight or flight” impulse in which he chose to confront what he thought was an attacker because his disability prevented him from fleeing. Derman has treated Pistorius for years.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014 9:30 am.
Updated: 3:58 pm.