Ballistics expert for Oscar Pistorius back on the stand

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Tom Wolmarans said his analysis of the scene differed in some ways from police investigators

Tom Wolmarans, a former police officer and ballistics expert, said he did not believe Steenkamp's left hand was over her head.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (NBC) - A ballistics expert for Oscar Pistorius' defense team was back on the stand Friday.

Tom Wolmarans said his analysis of the scene differed in some ways from police investigators' reconstruction of the shooting.

Before his cross examination, prosecutor Gerrie Nel invited the judge and her assessors to take a closer look at a reconstruction of the bathroom cubicle, which has been in the courtroom for much of the trial.

A police officer led the judge through the courtroom by hand.

Then, the police's ballistics expert sprayed a substance to make laser beams visible in the exhibit and show possible bullet trajectories.

Police said Pistorius' girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was cowering with her hands over her head when one of the bullets struck her.

Tom Wolmarans, a former police officer and ballistics expert, said he did not believe Steenkamp's left hand was over her head.

The defense was trying to show Steenkamp and Pistorius weren't arguing when she was shot, as the prosecution contends, and may have been trying to open the bathroom door when she was shot.

Pistorius says he shot Steenkamp by mistake after thinking there was an intruder in his home.

He's facing charges including premeditated murder.


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