Boxer in Oscar Pistorius murder trial describes gunshot incident at Johannesburg restaurant

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Oscar Pistorius places his hand over his face while sitting in the dock in court on the third day of his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)

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By GERALD IMRAY and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A boxer, testifying in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, said the double-amputee runner apologized after a gun was accidentally fired in a Johannesburg restaurant table and asked another person to take the blame.

Boxer Kevin Lerena said in court Wednesday that another friend passed a gun under the table to Pistorius and told him there was a bullet in the chamber in the January 2013 incident. Lerena says a shot went off, narrowly missing his foot, and that Pistorius urged the gun owner to take responsibility for the shooting.

The account relates to firearms charges against Pistorius. In the murder case, prosecutors say Pistorius shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after an argument. He says he shot her by accident, fearing she was an intruder.

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