A Very Emotional Pistorius Address Dead Girlfriend’s Mother

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Oscar Pistorius takes the stand, adressing his fomer girlfriend's Reeva Steenkamp mother whom he is accused of murdering

Day 17 of his murder trial sees South African track star Oscar Pistorius apologize to the family of murdered girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Nathan Frandino reports.

An emotional Oscar Pistorius testifies in Day 17 of his murder trial.

The South African track star said the fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year continues to haunt him.

"I have terrible nightmares about things that happened that night where I wake up and I smell, I can smell, I can smell the blood and I wake up to being terrified."

Pistorius calls the shooting a mistake, saying he thought she was an intruder.

At one point, Pistorius apologized directly to the Steenkamp family.

"I can't imagine the pain and the sorrow and the emptiness that I have caused you and your family. I was simply trying to protect Reeva. I can promise you that when she went to bed that night, she felt loved."

A forensic pathologist also testified, describing the multiple bullet wounds sustained by Steenkamp.

Like in several previous sessions, Pistorius buried his head while sobbing and occasionally throwing up into a bucket.

He faces life in prison, if convicted.

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