Oscar Pistorius Apologizes to Steenkamp Family

The Olympian accused of killing his girlfriend takes the stand in South African murder trial.
3:00 | 04/07/14

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testimony from Oscar Pistorius. It has been an emotional morning. Oscar breaking down on the stand as he apologized to the family of reeva steenkamp. ABC's Matt Gutman is in the courthouse. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: George, just minutes ago after 15 months of unbroken silence Oscar Pistorius began telling his story of the past year of torment and terror but first he began by turning to reeva steenkamp's mother in an apology that had people in the courtroom weeping. I'd like to apologize and there hasn't been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven't thought about your family. I wake up every morning and you're the first people I think of, the first people I pray for. I can't mention the sorry and the emptiness that I caused you and your family and I was simply trying to protect reeva. I can promise when she went to bed that night she felt love. I tried to put my words on paper many, many times throughout but no words -- about things that happened that night when I wake up and I smell blood and I wake up to being terrified. By the unrest I wake up in a complete state of terror to a point that I'd rather not sleep than fall asleep and wake up like this. Reporter: Pistorius said he is so traumatized by ha shooting he never wants to touch a firewarm again. No cameras are allowed filming him. We only hear his audio but earlier in court I saw how emotionally broken up he was, crying. He had to be consoled by his brother and his sister.

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