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Pistorius' team closes case

9 months ago Tuesday, July 08, 2014 3:42:31 AM CDT July 08, 2014 Tuesday, July 08 2014 Jul 8, 2014 in Sports
Source: Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The chief defense lawyer in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius says he has closed his case, and the judge says final arguments will be held in court over the next two days.

Lawyer Barry Roux said Tuesday that he had finished calling witnesses to testify in the trial of Pistorius, who killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by firing through a closed toilet door in his home.

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel says the prosecution will file closing arguments on July 30 and the defense will do so on Aug. 4. He and Roux also agreed to return to court on Aug. 7 to make final arguments before Judge Thokozile Masipa.

Pistorius says he killed Steenkamp by mistake. The prosecution says he shot her after an argument.

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