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Neighbor testifies in Pistorius trial

Neighbor testifies in Pistorius trial


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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A neighbor of Oscar Pistorius is testifying on the third day of the murder trial of the double-amputee athlete, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend in his home in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day last year.

Charl Johnson resumed his testimony on Wednesday after telling the court a day earlier that he heard screams and gunshots on the night that Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp. Johnson's wife, Michelle Burger, had given similar testimony and at one point broke down in tears because of what she said was the memory of the terrified screams of a woman.

Pistorius talked briefly with his chief lawyer, Barry Roux, before proceedings started. Members of Steenkamp's family, including her cousin Kim, were in the court.

Pistorius has said the shooting was an accident.

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