Pistorius stumbles over answers during cross-examination

The Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year, appeared exhausted.

Visibly strained under a third day of cross-examination by Nel, he stumbled over his answers, correcting himself time and again as the "bull terrier" prosecutor relentlessly pursued minute details of his account.
Nastasya Tay

Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, April 11, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, April 11, 2014. The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Pistorius during the Olympic athlete's murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

An overall view of the court as state prosecutor Gerrie Nel questions Oscar Pistorius, in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, April 11, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

Aimee listens as Pistorius speaks in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius' sister Aimee (R) listens as Pistorius speaks in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria April 11, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Themba Hadebe/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Carl Pistorius listens to Oscar during cross examination in the Pretoria High Court on April 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Craig Nieuwenhuizen/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): State prosecutor Gerrie Nel questions Oscar during cross examination in the Pretoria High Court on April 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Craig Nieuwenhuizen/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Advocate Barry Roux in the Pretoria High Court on April 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Craig Nieuwenhuizen/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)

June, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, watches with family friends as Oscar Pistorius speaks in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria

June Steenkamp (L), mother of Reeva Steenkamp, watches with family friends as Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius speaks in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, April 11, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Themba Hadebe/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)

State prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, questions Oscar Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, April 11, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Pool)

June Steenkamp, mother of the late Reeva Steenkamp, listens as state prosecutor Gerrie Nel questions Oscar Pistorius, in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Werner Beukes, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, April 11, 2014. The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Pistorius during the Olympic athlete's murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Aimee and Lois Pistorius listen to Oscar during cross examination in the Pretoria High Court on April 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Craig Nieuwenhuizen/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Carl Pistorius listens to Oscar during cross examination in the Pretoria High Court on April 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Craig Nieuwenhuizen/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): State prosecutor Gerrie Nel questions Oscar during cross examination in the Pretoria High Court on April 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Craig Nieuwenhuizen/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Defence Advocate Kenny Oldewage listens to Oscar during cross examination in the Pretoria High Court on April 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Craig Nieuwenhuizen/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Defence Advocate Barry Roux argues in the Pretoria High Court on April 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Craig Nieuwenhuizen/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Advocate Kenny Oldewage in the Pretoria High Court on April 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Craig Nieuwenhuizen/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Aimee and Lois Pistorius listen to Oscar during cross examination in the Pretoria High Court on April 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Craig Nieuwenhuizen/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)

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