Forensics expert challenged at Pistorius trial, pathologist won’t testify

By Michelle Kapusta,

A day before court was set to adjourn for more than two weeks, the prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius trial challenged the defense’s expert witness during cross-examination.

According to Yahoo Sports, prosecutor Gerrie Nel questioned forensic expert Roger Dixon’s expertise on Wednesday. On Thursday, the state lawyer challenged him on the placement of a magazine rack in the bathroom where Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Nel noted that Nixon actually contradicted the Paralympian’s story that the rack was against the wall.

"I do not know what happened to [the magazine rack] afterwards," Dixon testified. "It wasn't there when Mr. Pistorius went in. That is his version of the events."

More bad news for the defense came when forensic pathologist Reggie Perumal told AFP that he will not testify after suggestions that his findings support the prosecution's case.

The former Olympian is accused of intentionally murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013. The prosecution believes that the athlete shot her after the two had an argument. Pistorius, however, claims that he only shot the model after mistaking her for an intruder. He has pleaded not guilty to murder.

The trial will resume May 5.



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