Transcript for Autopsy, Forensics Take Center Stage in Pistorius Trial
We begin with the latest testimony this morning from the Oscar Pistorius trial. It was another wrenching day in court for the paralympic champ. ABC's Matt Gutman has been there for all of it in Pretoria, south Africa. Reporter: A day after we watched Pistorius losing control in the courtroom his close friend Darren fresco described him losing his temper on the road after being pulled over by police. Without prior warning he shot out the sunroof. Reporter: Guns, the theme of the morning and Pistorius' alleged recklessness with them. Pistorius had once mistakenly fired a round under a restaurant table. He tossed the weapon back to me under the table and he said, please, there's too much media hype around me at the moment. Reporter: And fresco took the rap. We spoke to fresco last year still rattled by the shooting of his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. He was just always happy and smiling and always just had the most amazing outlook on life. Reporter: Earlier testimony from a pathologist indicated Pistorius' girlfriend had eaten just two hours before the shooting at 1:00 A.M. When some neighbors testified they heard shouting. Contradicting Pistorius' claim that the couple had harmoniously gone to bed at 10:00 A.M. They argue the couple fought late into the night with steenkamp fleeing into the bathroom and locking the door. Pistorius who was on his stumps that night admits firing four shots into the bathroom. The testimony from that pathologist was deemed so graphic from steenkamp's injuries that out audio and video was banned from the court. With the cameras still rolling Monday we watched Pistorius break down then reaching for this bucket by his feet vomiting and wretching repeatedly. He spent purchase of the rest of the proceedings with this rag on his head. This is a country obsessed with this trial. Everybody is talking about Pistorius weeping and breaking down and, of course, getting sick in court yesterday. But today a much more composed Pistorius, we saw, almost no emotion from him at all. George. Okay, Matt, thanks very much. Let's talk to chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams right now and, Dan, yesterday you were talking about this pathologist. You thought his testimony didn't seem all that important but today critical. That's right because previously we expected this issue of did he have his pross threat tick legs on would become crucial and the angle of the bullets and all that would become a key issue to show premeditation. We thought the prosecution would say he put on his prosthetics that would have taken time. They've now abandoned that theory so we thought the pathologist would become a little less important but there's that other issue and that is what time did she last eat? Why is that so crucial in a case like this? Because if he is saying they went to sleep at 10:00 P.M., and you have these other witnesses, they are earwitnesses hearing an argument, her eating later in conjunction with these ear and eyewitnesses saying that they heard an argument could be devastating for Pistorius' did efrps. At the same time the prosecution laying down all this evidence about Oscar Pistorius' temper and trouble with gun. Ordinarily in a case like this you wouldn't be able to just say, hey, Oscar Pistorius is a dangerous guy. Look at these other cases where he's shot off weapons. But there are other specific charges here in connection with those shootings and there's a firearms charge so it allows the prosecution to weave together this case that doesn't just say he committed this murder, it says this is a guy who has been at risk for years of doing something like this and now he finally did. Even though they can't quite say it like that, they've got to sort of couch it within the framework of these other charges, but it allows this emto present a case like that. Not a stretch. Thanks very much.
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