PRETORIA (AP) — A neighbor and friend of Oscar Pistorius has testified that the athlete was "torn apart" and that he was desperately trying to save Reeva Steenkamp in the minutes after he fatally shot her at his home last year.
Johan Stander says Pistorius was "really crying" and was "in pain."
The testimony came as the trial of the double-amputee Olympian resumed in South Africa following a two-week recess. Defense lawyers are trying to describe a scene of desperate panic by Pistorius after the shooting -- which they say was an accident. They say he shot her through a toilet door after thinking she was a dangerous intruder. Prosecutors say he shot her deliberately after an argument.
At one point during today's testimony, Pistorius slumped forward with his head in his hands, as details of what may have been Steenkamp's last moments were discussed.
133-a-18-(Johan Stander, the first person Pistorius says he called after he shot Reeva Steenkamp, in court testimony)-"please come quick"-Johan Stander says Oscar Pistorius called him saying he had shot Reeva Steenkamp by mistake. (5 May 2014)
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134-a-10-(Johan Stander, the first person Pistorius says he called after he shot Reeva Steenkamp, in court testimony)-"in his arms"-Johan Stander says he and his daughter rushed to Oscar Pistorius' home after Pistorius called and said he killed Reeva Steenkamp. (5 May 2014)
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APPHOTO XTH110: Oscar Pistorius, right, accompanied by court security personnel leaves after the court adjourned for the day in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, May 5, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) (5 May 2014)
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