Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Day Twelve: Police Misconduct Examined


Mar. 18 2014, Published 6:32 p.m. ET

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The Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial moved into its twelfth day today as police misconduct continued to be at the forefront of the defense's case. Pistorius is accused of killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria, South Africa home on Valentine's Day 2013.

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For the second day, Pistorius' defense attorney Barry Roux cross-examined Officer Bennie Van Staden, challenging him on several items at the crime scene that had been moved. While the officer admitted he had moved a gym bag, bloodied towels, and a duvet cover, he insists he only moved them to check for more evidence and had taken pictures of the scene beforehand. He also admitted to moving the cricket bat allegedly used by Pistorius to knock down the bathroom door, but only by millimeters.

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The court also heard from police ballistics expert Captain Christian Mangena. Mangena was called to testify whether or not Pistorius was wearing his prosthetic legs when he fired shots. He was still giving testimony when court was adjourned for the day.

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Check back tomorrow as the trial continues into Day 13—And share your thoughts on today's event in the comments, or tweet us @OKMagazine.


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