It seemed to be another emotional day for Oscar Pistorius on Thursday as he held his head down and got sick again while graphic photos from his home the night he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp were displayed before the court.
Pistorius threw up in court after lawyers for the prosecution and defense scrolled through evidence photos on monitors to find the ones they wanted to discuss. Among the photos shown in court; one of Steenkamp's body lying on its back and one of a trail of blood in the apartment. The graphic images flashed on monitors in court, including one directly in front of Pistorius.
Pistorius got sick last week, when experts testified about Steenkamp's autopsy.
Prosecutors called Col. J.G. Vermeulen, a forensic analyst, back to the stand Thursday, the ninth day of trial, to dispute Pistorius' version of events.
The double-amputee, who earned the nickname "Blade Runner" while competing as a sprinter, claims he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day 2013. He says he shot through his bathroom door because he was feeling vulnerable without his prosthetic legs. Pistorius then says he put on his legs and attempted to kick down the door before using a cricket bat to open it and retrieve his girlfriend's body.
Vermeulen, however, said he didn't believe the marks on the door were caused by Pistorius' prosthetic foot and he testified Wednesday that the position of the marks made by the cricket bat show Pistorius was on his stumps when he tried to break the door down.
Col. Schoombie van Rensburg, the police district commander on the night of the incident, then took the stand as images of the crime scene were shown to the court. He says Pistorius was emotional and pacing when he arrived on scene.
Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder, calling his girlfriend's death a tragic accident. Prosecutors however, allege Pistorius intentionally shot Steenkamp following a heated argument.
Oscar Pistorius arrives at the courthouse Thursday, the ninth day of his murder trial.
Col. J.G. Vermeulen gets back on the stand. He says he's not convinced that Pistorius' prosthetic foot made a mark that can be seen on his bathroom door.
The defense gets Vermeulen to admit that it's theoretically possible Pistorius tried to kick the bathroom door before grabbing a cricket bat to break it down. Yesterday, Vermeulen testified that Pistorius was on his knees when he hit the door. But the defense is trying to argue that Pistorius' story is plausible (that he had his prosthetic legs on when he tried to kick the door down and then grabbed a bat to break it down).
The prosecution then goes on to ask Vermeulen to speculate some more. Is it possible the door was kicked in order to scare someone else? Vermeulen says yes, that's possible.
Col. Schoombie van Rensburg was the police district commander on the night of the incident. He says he tried to ask Pistorius what happened but he was too emotional to speak.
Pistorius had an air gun and a blue baseball bat by the front door.
Photos of Pistorius' gun holster and magazine are shown in court. They were found in the right-hand bedside drawer.
Col. Schoombie van Rensburg says Pistorius' gun was found next to a cell phone with the hammer pulled back. Investigators originally thought there were two cell phones in the bathroom but then realized it was a cell phone and a cell phone cover.