Oscar Pistorius and the 'screams like a woman' defense

Oscar Pistorius and the 'screams like a woman' defense

Oscar Pistorius and the 'screams like a woman' defense

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by Alyssa Newcomb

ABC News

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM

(ABC News) -- When it comes to memorable defenses, "Oscar Pistorius screams like a woman," may be right up there with the infamous "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" from the O.J. Simpson trial.

In the first week of Pistorius' premeditated murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, his attorney Barry Roux has repeatedly insisted that the Blade Runner screams like a woman and that he's conducted decibel tests to prove it.

 The unusual defense -- which has triggered laughter in the courtroom, counters the testimony of neighbors who said they heard the screams of a woman who sounded like she feared for her life the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed.

Asked whether Pistorius screams like a woman, his ex-girlfriend, Samantha Taylor, testified today that she had heard him scream plenty of times -- and that he sounds very much like a man.



The defense has begged the question on social media: Will Pistorius be asked to scream in court?

The bloody black glove, a key piece of evidence in the Simpson murder trial, was brought into court for the ex-NFL star to try on in front of jurors.

After Simpson tried to squeeze his hand into the glove to prove it wasn't his, defense attorney Johnnie Cochran uttered the now-infamous line: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."

It seems unlikely, though, that the court and viewers of that trial, which is being televised and streamed online, will hear the Blade Runner wail.

Roux said in court he will likely call an expert witness at some point during the trial who can testify that Pistorius screams like a woman when he is anxious.

Pistorius, 27, is charged with premeditated murder charge and several weapons counts. The Olympian said he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder and shot her through a bathroom door.

If convicted of premeditated murder, Pistorius could face at least 25 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

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