Oscar Pistorius trial - Closing arguments

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PRETORIA, South Africa – Prosecutor Gerrie Nel labeled murder-accused Oscar Pistorius "deceitful" and an "appalling witness" while making his case for a life sentence during Thursday's closing arguments.

The prosecutions says, regardless of who the Paralympian meant to shoot through this toilet door on Feb. 14 last year, he is guilty of premeditated murder. The star athlete is on trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day.
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South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) is seen with his defence team Barry Roux (foreground), Brian Webber (L) and Kenny Oldwage (C) before the closing arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, August 7, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Werner Beukes/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW ATHLETICS)
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is seen with his defence team Barry Roux, Brian Webber and Kenny Oldwage before the closing arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) is seen with his defence team Barry Roux (foreground), Brian Webber (L) and Kenny Oldwage (C) before the closing arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, August 7, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Werner Beukes/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW ATHLETICS)
Arnold Pistorius, uncle of Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, leaves with his wife Lois after listening to the closing arguments in Oscar's murder trial at the high court in Pretoria August 7 2014. Oscar Pistorius, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is accused of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year. If found guilty of premeditated murder, he could face life in prison. A potential lesser charge of culpable homicide could carry a sentence of 15 years. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Arnold Pistorius, uncle of Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, leaves with his wife Lois after listening to the closing arguments in Oscar's murder trial at the high court in Pretoria
Arnold Pistorius, uncle of Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, leaves with his wife Lois after listening to the closing arguments in Oscar's murder trial at the high court in Pretoria August 7 2014. Oscar Pistorius, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is accused of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year. If found guilty of premeditated murder, he could face life in prison. A potential lesser charge of culpable homicide could carry a sentence of 15 years. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius leaves after listening to the closing arguments in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria August 7, 2014. Pistorius, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is accused of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year. If found guilty of premeditated murder, he could face life in prison. A potential lesser charge of culpable homicide could carry a sentence of 15 years. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICACRIME LAW - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW HEADSHOT)
Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius leaves after listening to the closing arguments in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria
Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius leaves after listening to the closing arguments in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria August 7, 2014. Pistorius, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is accused of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year. If found guilty of premeditated murder, he could face life in prison. A potential lesser charge of culpable homicide could carry a sentence of 15 years. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICACRIME LAW - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW HEADSHOT)
Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (C) leaves after listening to the closing arguments in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria August 7, 2014. Pistorius, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is accused of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year. If found guilty of premeditated murder, he could face life in prison. A potential lesser charge of culpable homicide could carry a sentence of 15 years. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius leaves after listening to the closing arguments in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria
Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (C) leaves after listening to the closing arguments in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria August 7, 2014. Pistorius, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is accused of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year. If found guilty of premeditated murder, he could face life in prison. A potential lesser charge of culpable homicide could carry a sentence of 15 years. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Reeva Steenkamp's parents, June (2nd R) and Barry Steenkamp (2nd L), arrive for the closing arguments of Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius' murder trial at the high court in Pretoria August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Reeva Steenkamp's parents, June and Barry Steenkamp, arrive for the closing arguments of Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius' murder trial at the high court in Pretoria
Reeva Steenkamp's parents, June (2nd R) and Barry Steenkamp (2nd L), arrive for the closing arguments of Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius' murder trial at the high court in Pretoria August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (front) sits in the dock before the closing arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, August 7, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Werner Beukes/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock before the closing arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (front) sits in the dock before the closing arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, August 7, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Werner Beukes/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel speaks during the closing arguments in the trial of South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Werner Beukes/Pool
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel speaks during the closing arguments in the trial of South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel speaks during the closing arguments in the trial of South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Werner Beukes/Pool
Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives for the closing arguments of his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives for the closing arguments of his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria
Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives for the closing arguments of his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Barry (2nd L) and June Steenkamp (L), parents of Reeva Steenkamp, attend the trial of South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius for the closing arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, August 7, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Werner Beukes/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW ATHLETICS)
Barry and June Steenkamp, parents of Reeva Steenkamp, attend the trial of South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius for the closing arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
Barry (2nd L) and June Steenkamp (L), parents of Reeva Steenkamp, attend the trial of South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius for the closing arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, August 7, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Werner Beukes/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW ATHLETICS)

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