Pistorius Will Not Get Stand 1st, Says Defense

By Jeff Rossen

The murder trial of Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius resumes in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday, but the defense staff tells NBC Information that despite earlier reports the “Blade Runner” will not be the initial witness named for the defense.

After a multi-week presentation by the prosecution the defense opens its case Monday, but rather of calling Pistorius very first the defense will phone a pathologist to the stand.

The judge and the prosecutors would have to agree with the prepare. But sources shut to the situation tell NBC Information that prosecutors will not object.

Pistorius would be called to the stand 2nd. He could get started testifying as early as Monday afternoon. He has stated he does not want to seem on camera.

The trial, which started March 3, has been on hiatus for a week simply because of the illness of 1 of the assessors who advises the judge. The prosecutors and the judge are prepared to resume Monday if the assessor is properly sufficient to return to perform.

Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp early on the morning of Feb. 14, 2013. Pistorius acknowledges that he shot and killed Steenkamp, but says he believed she was an intruder.

First published April 4 2014, 7:35 AM

Jeff Rossen

Rossen is a nationwide investigative correspondent for NBC News. He contributes to all NBC Information plans and platforms which includes “Nowadays,” “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” MSNBC, NBCNews.com, NBC Information Radio and the ne2rk’;s mobile properties in addition to reporting for WNBC.

Rossen joined NBC News in September 2008 from WABC-Television in New York in which he had been a reporter and fill-in anchor for the Eyewitness Information group given that Might 2001. For the duration of his time at WABC, Rossen covered stories all around the globe, like the terrorist bombings in London, the Virginia Tech Massacre, the 2012 Summertime Olympics bidding method, the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia in Texas, the arrest and youngster molestation trial of Michael Jackson and the Planet Trade Center attacks in New York on 9/11.

Rossen started his broadcasting career in radio at WBLI-FM on Lengthy Island, N.Y. He created the transition from radio to regional tv as a reporter for ABC affiliate WUTR-Television in Utica, N.Y. Rossen then moved on to report for ABC affiliate WIXT-Television in Syracuse, N.Y., and then Fox affiliate WJBK-Tv in Detroit, Mich.

He earned an Emmy Award for deadline news writing and has also obtained an award from the U.S. Justice Department for a specific report on crime victims.

Rossen graduated from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He grew up on Long Island and at present resides in New Jersey.

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