Experts say prosecutors still have work to do - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Experts say prosecutors still have work to do

Posted:
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Five days on the witness stand -- and a withering cross-examination from a prosecutor -- have ended for Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial in South Africa.

   But despite the prosecutor's focus on apparent inconsistencies in the testimony of the double-amputee track star, legal analysts say the effort to prove that Pistorius deliberately killed his girlfriend could be undermined by expert witnesses who will testify for the defense.

   Prosecutor Gerrie Nel called Pistorius a liar and unleashed volleys of barbed questions, as the Olympian often fumbled for answers and occasionally broke into sobs. But experts say the trial has a long way to go.

   Testimony is expected to continue until mid-May. But the trial reached a key stage last week when Pistorius took the stand to testify about the night he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door. He says he thought there was an intruder there, but prosecutors say he deliberately shot her after an argument.

   Kelly Phelps, a lecturer in the public law department at the University of Cape Town, says prosecutors accused Pistorius of changing his account mostly on "smaller details," but that he stuck to the "core parts of his story."
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Military action leaves Lesotho in power vacuum

    Military action leaves Lesotho in power vacuum

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:33 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:33:28 GMT
    The king of Lesotho must fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister of the mountainous African country to flee.More >>
    The king of Lesotho is taking action to fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee the mountainous African country.More >>
  • Family of ill UK boy accuses officials of cruelty

    Family of ill UK boy accuses officials of cruelty

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:31:01 GMT
    A Spanish judge will open proceedings on whether to extradite to Britain the parents of a 5-year-old boy with a brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice.More >>
    The grandmother of a British boy with a severe brain tumor has accused UK authorities of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a hospital against medical...More >>
  • Anti-euro party's success poses dilemma for Merkel

    Anti-euro party's success poses dilemma for Merkel

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:30:52 GMT
    A top aide to German Chancellor Angela Merkel is downplaying a new anti-euro party's strong showing in a state election, arguing that it's too early to say its long-term success is assured.More >>
    The success of a new anti-euro party in a German state election intensifies a dilemma for Chancellor Angela Merkel: how to handle a rival whose rise could make it more difficult for her party to form coalition governments...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WAOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Chief Engineer Russ Crass at 715-842-2251. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.