Oscar Pistorius murder case: Police allege witness heard 'shouting' before shooting

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The second day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing featured testimony from police investigators, who said there were no inconsistencies in the account given one day before by the South African Olympian.

The bail hearing for Oscar Pistorius continued on Wednesday and featured testimony from South African police, who said that a witness heard shouting coming from the residence for an hour preceding the shooting, according to NBC News. Pistorius' account on Tuesday claimed that it was an accidental shooting and that the former Olympian thought an intruder, not his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was in his bathroom. But police and prosecutors on Wednesday called that into question, with Warrant Officer Hilton Botha stating, "I believe he knew she was in the bathroom."

One discrepancy between the Pistorius account and the testimony from Botha is the angle at which the shots fired into the bathroom wounded Steenkamp. On Tuesday, Pistorius said that he went to his balcony without his prosthetic legs when he heard what he thought was an intruder in the bathroom. The account presented a vulnerable Pistorius without his prosthetic legs, worried about a home invader. But on Wednesday, according to the AP, Botha testified that the angle of the shots indicate that Pistorius did fire the weapon with his prosthetic legs attached. Prosecutor Gillie Nel is arguing that the murder was premeditated, alleging the couple had been fighting and that Pistorius took time to put his prosthetic legs on before firing the shots into the bathroom.

Nel also said there is a witness prepared to testify that they heard "non-stop talking, like shouting" for an hour on the night of the shooting. While being cross-examined, Botha said that witness was more than 600 meters from the home. On a later redirect round of questioning by Nel, Botha said that witness was much closer.

Pistorius also said he thought Steenkamp was in bed, but the prosecution argued he had to have known she was not there. Nel put up a layout of the residence and argued there was no way Pistorius could have walked to the bathroom without first passing the bedroom. Hilton also added that the holster for the 9 mm weapon used was found under the bed on the side where Steenkamp slept, arguing that as a further indication that he likely knew she was not in bed.

Aside from the angle of the shots, the police did testify that there were no inconsistencies in the account given by Pistorius one day earlier. The accounts, however, sharply divide over the question of whether it was an accidental shooting.

The police testimony on Wednesday also revealed that testosterone and needles were found in the bedroom. Pistorius' attorney said it was an herbal supplement and that police had misread the label.

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