Combative prosecutor jolts Pistorius

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“You killed Reeva Steenkamp, didn’t you? Say it. Say, ‘Yes, I shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp.'” After 2 tumultuous days in which he gave his account of the night he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp, the Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius faced a blistering cross-examination April 9 by the combative state prosecutor Gerrie Nel. The Pistorius trial in South Africa continued to attract viewers from around the world. Nel’s style brought gasps from the courtroom when he displayed a photograph of Ms. Steenkamp’s head after the shooting, and ordered Pistorius to look at it. Pistorius refused. The judge adjourned proceedings multiple times to allow Pistorius time to collect himself.

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