11 Heart-Wrenching Quotes From The Oscar Pistorius Trial

04/09/2014 10:53 am ET
ASSOCIATED PRESS

The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial slammed the athlete over several days of grueling testimony in South Africa.

Pistorius wept as Prosecutor Gerrie Nel showed him pictures from the crime scene and described Reeva Steenkamp's wounds in gory detail. He said Steenkamp's head "exploded" when one of the four bullets Pistorius fired into the bathroom struck her. The photo showed a side view of the victim's head, covered in blood and tissue.

Some quotes from Pistorius' testimony were especially powerful. Read them below, and read more about Wednesday's court hearing here.

  • "I made a mistake."
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  • Pistorius took a grilling from State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel on Tuesday and Wednesday, often having to admit that he killed his girlfriend. He maintains that the shooting was an accident, and got emotional several times over the course of his testimony.
  • "You know the same happened to Reeva's head? It exploded."
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  • Nel showed a video, previously broadcast by Sky News, of Pistorius firing a gun at a watermelon and saying that it was "softer than brains." He drew a connection between the recording and Reeva Steenkamp's bloodied head.
  • "Reeva had died while I was holding her."
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  • Pistorius told the court how he tried to put his fingers in Steenkamp's mouth to help her breath, and attempted to stop the bleeding from one of several gunshot wounds.
  • "I wasn't meaning to shoot anyone."
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  • On Wednesday, Nel accused Pistorius of changing his tune about whether firing his gun was accidental.
  • "Out of fear, I didn't have time to think, I discharged my firearm."
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  • "My life is on the line."
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  • Pistorius was asked several times if he was worried about the implications of his testimony.
  • "When I heard a noise inside the toilet, without thinking in fear I fired four shots."
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  • "Why are you getting emotional now, when I ask the hard questions?"
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  • Nel rolled his eyes Wednesday when Pistorius' voice began to crack.
  • "I don't think you can ask him why he's emotional now. He's been emotional throughout."
  • At several points on Wednesday, Judge Thokozile Masipa stayed Nel's line of question.
  • "I was there, I don't have to look at a picture."
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  • Nel showed the court a photo of Steenkamp's head after showing the watermelon video.
  • "Reeva doesn't have a life anymore because of what you've done."
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