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Pistorius neighbor: 'Her life was in danger'

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  • Double-amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is on trial in South Africa for premeditated murder in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
  • Pistorius says he shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder on Valentine's Day 2013
Pistorius neighbor: 'Her life was in danger'

Editor's note: Catch Vinnie Politan on Now: On the Case from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET as he breaks down the day's testimony in the Oscar Pistorius trial.

Oscar Pistorius was back in a South African courtroom Tuesday as prosecutors continued talking to neighbors who said they heard fighting and "bloodcurdling" screaming coming from the Olympian's home before gunshots were fired.

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Pistorius, a double-amputee track star who has been nicknamed "Blade Runner," pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He has never denied killing her on Valentine's Day last year, but says he mistook her for an intruder.

Prosecutors, however, say Pistorius intentionally killed Steenkamp following a heated argument.

Read more: Oscar Pistorius trial: Mistake or murder?

Here are the highlights from the second day of trial as played out in short Instagram videos (click here to get caught up on day one):

Oscar Pistorius arrives in court Tuesday about 25 minutes before the second day of his murder trial is scheduled to begin.

Witness and neighbor Michelle Burger takes the stand again Tuesday and is grilled by Pistorius' defense lawyer Barry Roux. He attempts to cast doubt on Burger's ability to have heard what she claims to have heard (screaming, increased anxiety) before gunshots were fired on the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed.

The defense and prosecution go over the report of what happened to the four shots Oscar Pistorius fired. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel describes the first two shots.

Nel goes on to describe the last shots, explaining that the fourth one hit Reeva Steenkamp in the head and killed her.

Many inside the courtroom start laughing after a deadpan comment by witness and neighbor Michelle Burger. The defense lawyer was pointing out the similarities between her statement and that of her husband.

Back under direct examination, Michelle Burger is asked to describe her emotions when she gave police a statement. She starts crying on the stand: "It was awful to hear the shots."

How did the prosecution's first witness do?

The prosecution calls its second witness, another neighbor, Estelle van der Merwe. She speaks Afrikaans and has chosen not to appear on camera. Van der Merwe says she was awoken early that morning by what sounded like a fight.

Van der Merwe goes on to say that the "loud voices" lasted about an hour.

Are the ear witnesses credible?

The prosecution's third witness is neighbor Charl Johnson. He's the husband of the first witness and describes what he heard from his bedroom the night of the shooting: "At that point the intensity and fear in her voice escalated and it was clear that her life was in danger," he said. Johnson said the first shot was then fired.

Johnson goes on to say: "The last scream faded moments after the last shot was fired.” The prosecution asked the judge to recess until tomorrow, when Johnson is expected to get back on the stand.

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