Transcript for Reeva Steencamp's Texts Released in Murder Trial
All right, Matt, we'll bring in our legal team, chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams and again from Atlanta Nancy grace host of "Nancy grace" on HLN. Welcome both. Dan, I want to start with you, the question premeditation remains there as we just heard in Matt's piece, no smoking gun but do have these texts, a bombshell introduction, words like scared and protection used in the texts read. What do you make then of the teches that were introduced. It's really important in backing up the earwitnesses so you have witnesses coming in and saying, I heard a fight. I heard a man, I heard a woman. There was a fight there. That is crucial for the prosecution's case because if they can demonstrate there was a fight followed by the shooting they probably have a murder case. Now, what this does is it provides context. It says, wait a sec, this isn't out of left field. This isn't out of nowhere. These are aren't people who never had these employeeouts before. We don't know exactly the degree but the fact that she's talking about the fact that she was scared I think provides context and support for these earwitnesses' testimony that's crucial. Nancy, what do you make of this context? Well, it's interesting. We heard the recounting of the one where she says, I'm actually afraid of you and the way you react to me but there were many, many others that were brought in and I think the timing is significant because the timing of just before in the days leading up to the shooting that happened on the early morning hours of Valentine's day and it pained me to hear all of the texts because it reminded me of when I worked at the battered women's center because it was be nitpicking about everything, the way she chews gum and the way she went to the door first at the party, blah, blah, blah, goes on and on and on he was just on her all the time according to these texts and Dan is right, what they brought on is forensic evidence, circumstantial evidence and now this evidence to buttress it and I like the technique. They cut through all the evidence and then they end, the state is ending with these emotional text messages. And I think one other interesting point with regard to the cell phones is that the expert is saying that Pistorius was likely using the internet for some -- or somehow using his cell pho at 1:48 in the morning. For porn, Dan. Porn. Well, okay. Whatever -- yeah, whatever it was for, though, he was claiming that they were asleep in bed at 10:00 P.M. That night and that he then woke up later around 3:00 A.M. To take a fan off the balcony, I do think that the fact that there was a 1:48 A.M. Use of the phone is also helpful to the prosecution. I want to ask, though, if we have these four texts, again, there were more than 1700 between the two of them, what if in -- on counter we read the other 1700 texts that seem to frame -- a picture of a loving relationship. I think this will go to Nan Nancy's point about women who are battered or are in tough relationships, you have -- this is not surprising which is that there is very often a lot of loving in the relationship, but I think that in the context of -- I was waiting for somebody to bring that up, that there were like 1700 texts and a few of them dealt with this antagonistic demeanor he had with her and that is not uncommon in that sort of a relationship where everything seems Normal, but I mean come on, how many bullets does it take to kill someone. How many texts does it show that she was afraid of him and I think the strategy of the state is work here and they're ending with a bang instead of going out with a whimper. Big day. Certainly seems if Oscar Pistorius does testify he will have to adjust these head on. Dan, Nancy, we thank you both. I notice neither of you want to touch it with a ten-foot pole he was up trolling the internet for porn just before he kills her but I'll save that tore another day.
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