Oscar Pistorius murder trial resumes, prosecution begins closing arguments

By Michelle Kapusta,

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial resumed on Thursday with the prosecution’s closing arguments.

According to NBC News, prosecutor Gerrie Nel criticized the defendant and his story of what happened the night he fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Nel said that the double-amputee runner was a "deceitful" witness, who lied repeatedly during his testimony. He also said that Pistorius painted himself as a victim and had a "blatant disregard" for the law.

The trial, which began back in March, was only supposed to last a few weeks, instead many of the witnesses were on the stand for days. Several court delays also dragged out the proceedings.

The defense rested its case early last month before court was adjourned.

Pistorius is accused of intentionally murdering Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 after the two had a fight. However, the 27-year-old Paralympian maintains that he only shot the model after believing she was an intruder.

He has plead not guilty to murder and weapon charges. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in a South African prison.

image courtesy of Magazine Features/INFphoto.com

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