Pistorius Won't Be First to Take Stand

Pistorius' defense announced a pathologist will likely take the stand as its first witness.
3:00 | 04/02/14

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New developments in the trial of Oscar Pistorius. ABC news just learning he will not be the first witness, not be the first witness and ABC's Matt Gutman has the latest. Reporter: Could this be a second lucky reprieve for Oscar Pistorius? Just four days after the judge announced a nearly two-week postponement in the blade runner's trial, after one of her assistants fell ill, another twist. The defense now announcing a pathologist would likely take the stand as its first witness and not Pistorius himself. You always want the defendant testifying at the end, rather than at the beginning. Reporter: Pathologist John botha is expected to refute the argument that the prosecution spent a month building that Pistorius and his model girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, had been arguing early Valentine's morning last year before he fatally shot her and that she was standing facing the bathroom door when he blasted four bullets through it. She was standing in front of the door facing the door. Reporter: Neighbors told the court they recall hearing screams from inside Pistorius' house just before the shooting. Those statements contradicting Pistorius' claim that the couple had harmoniously gone to bed early. Pistorius who has pleaded not guilty has maintained he mistook steenkamp tore an intruder when he shot her in the bathroom. When he realized his mistake he battered down the door with his cricket bat. The most important part of his defense is to convince the court that he did not hear reeva screaming after he began shooting. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Matt Gutman, ABC news, Miami.

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