PRETORIA, South Africa (April 15, 2014) After five days of testimony and a grueling cross-examination by a prosecutor, Oscar Pistorius left the witness stand Tuesday 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 bathroom 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."