South Africa’s legendary Olympian, nicknamed “Blade Runner” for his prosthetic legs, is on trial for the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Oscar Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her in his bathroom on Valentine’s Day 2013.
The second day of Pistorius’ murder trial concluded Tuesday after an emotional testimony from Pistorius’ neighbor, Michelle Burger. Burger testified Monday that on the night of Steenkamp’s death, she awoke to the sounds of screams, which were followed by gun shots.
"It was awful to hear her screams," Burger said according to CNN.
On Tuesday, Pistorius’ defense tried to undermine Burger’s credibility by accusing her of copying her husband’s statement, CNN reported.
Barry Roux, Pistorius’ attorney, went through Burger’s statement paragraph by paragraph pointing out the similarities between her and her husband’s statements.
"I'm as honest as I can be to the court," Burger said, pointing out that the reason the two statements were so similar was because she and her husband heard the same thing.
ABC News reported another witness, who lives much closer to Pistorius, claims she heard a women’s voice arguing followed by four “thuds” and then complete silence.
If Pistorius is convicted he could face up to 25 years in prison, ABC News reported.
Pistorius’ murder case has created a frenzy in South Africa, capturing the attention of the country so much that parts of the case are being broadcast on TV, USA Today reports.
Feelings about Pistorius’ situation range across the board in South Africa.
"I feel sorry for the guy maybe he was on drugs or alcohol or something but I feel like he is showing remorse," said Helen Mokgope, a 53-year-old office cleaner told USA Today.
Nthabiseng Mahlangu, 25, an office administrator told USA Today, "I think if he is guilty he must go to jail. Some say he is disabled or he was under the influence, but why should he be set free?"