Oscar Pistorius’ testimony may have tripped up his defense, legal experts told ABC News today after the Blade Runner finished seven days on the witness stand, including five rough days of cross examination.
Several defense lawyers said that all of Pistorius’ tears and emotional breakdowns on the stand will not overcome doubts in his story raised by prosecutor Gerrie Nel.
Pistorius, 27, is accused of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder and three other gun related charges. In his plea explanation he said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.
“His demeanor and antics .. did him more harm than good,” said attorney Anton Smith. “It seemed at stages, as Nel stated, that Oscar Pistorius might have tailored his evidence during cross-examination. Also, during cross by Nel, a lot of questions were either left unanswered or evaded by Pistorius.”