More South Africa Articles

  • Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defense, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake. Roger Dixon was called by the defense to give evidence to...

  • Defense gets its turn in Pistorius murder trial

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who will testify for the defense could undermine...

  • Police in missing Va. teen case search area

    LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are searching near the home of a man suspected in the disappearance of a Virginia teenager last summer. Media reports say the search Monday is focusing in an area around the rural Nelson County home of 48-year-old Randy Allen Taylor. Taylor is...

  • Prosecutor challenges Pistorius' story of killing

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — What exactly was Oscar Pistorius doing in the moments before he fatally shot his girlfriend in his home? Was he, as the double-amputee Olympian testified Friday, hobbling fearfully on his stumps with his pistol down a passageway from his bedroom toward the...

  • Oscar Pistorius takes witness stand for first time

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — His voice shaking, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand Monday for the first time, testifying that he was trying to protect the girlfriend he killed and that he became so tormented by memories of the fatal shooting and panic attacks that he once hid helplessly...

  • South African judge opens up

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An openly gay judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court recently hosted a launch for his new book in the foyer of the court, a symbol-laden structure partly built with exposed brick from the apartheid-era prison that once stood on the same hilltop. At the event, another...

  • Pistorius expected to testify at his murder trial

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius will probably testify at his trial later this week, a defense attorney said Tuesday after prosecutors rested their case against the double-amputee runner who is accused of murder in his girlfriend's death. In a rare public comment, Pistorius said...

  • Pistorius trial: Cell phone texts show tensions

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp argued fiercely in the turbulent weeks before he killed her, and the athlete's girlfriend told him she was sometimes scared by his behavior, which included jealous outbursts in front of other people, according to phone messages...

  • Expert: Screaming gives Pistorius 'major problem'

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prosecutors at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial have presented a "golden thread" of evidence suggesting Reeva Steenkamp screamed before she died, leaving the double-amputee athlete with "serious questions" to answer and his defense likely hinging on his own testimony, a legal...

  • UK man to be extradited for South Africa killing

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities say a British man accused of arranging the murder of his bride on their honeymoon trip to South Africa in 2010 will arrive in Cape Town on April 8 following his extradition from Britain. Eyewitness News, a South African media outlet, reported...

  • Expert says Steenkamp standing at 1st shot

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend was standing in a toilet cubicle and facing the closed door when she was hit in the right hip by the first of four bullets that he fired, a police ballistics expert testified Wednesday at the double-amputee runner's murder trial. Reeva...

  • South Africa leader under scrutiny over home cost

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African watchdog agency says President Jacob Zuma should pay back some of the more than $21 million the state paid to make upgrades to his private rural home. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said Wednesday that the president had inappropriately benefited from...

  • Pistorius trial: Bullet trajectory examined

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Standing with his arms straight out in front of him and gripping an imaginary pistol in court, a South African police ballistics expert showed Tuesday how he estimated the trajectory of the four bullets Oscar Pistorius fired through a toilet door while standing on...



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