PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – It worked for O.J. But there’s no punchy catch phrase, like “if you glove doesn’t fit, you have to acquit” in the Oscar Pistorius trial. Far from it.
With the blade runner on the stand, the prosecutor likened a video of him shooting a watermelon to his slain girlfriend’s brain.
“It’s softer than brains,” he said.
Pistorius’ lawyer immediately jumped up: “I think that is extremely unfair to say that it’s the same thing as the watermelon.”
The prosecution also hounded Pistorius to look at a picture of his girlfriend’s head — a bloody, and gruesome image. He rebelled.
“I remember! I don’t have to look at a picture –I was there,” he said emotionally.
Reeva Steenkamp’s family was reportedly warned about all this before Wednesday’s testimony started. They bowed heads and turned away from the photos, but otherwise they remained still, and listened.
Pistorius pleaded not guilty to murder, though he admits that he killed Steenkamp in 2013, believing she was an intruder in the middle of the night.