April 9th, 2014
06:45 AM ET

'You Killed Reeva Steenkamp. Say It'

Oscar Pistorius got a harsh grilling from the prosecution in his murder trial Wednesday.

"You made a mistake? You shot and killed her. Say it - 'I shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp,'" prosecutor Gerrie Nel told Pistorius as he began a blistering cross-examination of the Olympic sprinter.

Nel vowed to "get to the truth" as he questioned Pistorius about the killing of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year.

The prosecutor immediately boxed the double-amputee athlete into a corner in what his defense team described as an "ambush," by asking him about a video showing Pistorius shooting a watermelon at a gun range.

No one disputes that Pistorius killed Steenkamp. But the prosecution is trying to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he did so knowingly and intentionally - that it was murder.

Pistorius, 27, has admitted to the killing but said he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder in the bathroom when he fired through the door and killed her.

Before Nel went after Pistorius, Barry Roux - the runner's defense lawyer - had tossed his client a question to drive that argument home. He asked Pistorius if he had intentionally killed Steenkamp.

"I did not intend to kill Reeva or anybody else for that matter," Pistorius replied.

Later in the proceedings, Nel probed further, questioning the runner's assertion that the shooting was an "accidental discharge."

"I never intended to shoot anyone," Pistorius said, adding that he thought he would be attacked when he heard the noise.

"I had a fear, I didn't have time to think, I discharged my firearm ... I didn't intend to shoot at anyone, I shot out of fear."

Court was adjourned for the day following that testimony.

You can watch the trial as it continues on "New Day" from 6-9am ET and follow along with CNN's live blog HERE.

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  1. martina

    2 (“If a thief+ is found in the act of breaking in and he gets struck and dies, there is no bloodguilt for him. 3 But if it happens after sunrise, there is bloodguilt for him.)
    “He must make compensation. If he has nothing, then he must be sold for the things he stole. 4 If what he stole is found alive in his possession, whether it is a bull or a donkey or a sheep, he is to make double compensation.(Exodus 22:2) Nowadays we have lights and torches and don't have to wait for sunrise.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:32 am | Reply

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