Key forensic evidence will probably include the toilet door through which Pistorius shot, a cricket bat that Pistorius said he used to break down the door when he realized Steenkamp may have been in the cubicle, and records on the multiple cellphones found in his upscale villa in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria after the killing.
If Pistorius’ team can prove that he did not have his prosthetic legs on when he shot — and forensic experts may decipher that from the height of bullet holes in the door and the trajectory of the bullets — it will help his defense against the premeditated murder charge and hinder the prosecution, which initially insisted he fired after taking the time to put on his artificial limbs.
There also has been persistent speculation that the cellphone records, as well as the witness accounts, may hold evidence of a fight between the couple on the night of the shooting and point toward a possible motive.
Among the 107 state witnesses listed by the prosecution in the indictment papers, 17 forensic, ballistics and crime scene specialists and a prominent South African criminal psychologist could be called to give evidence against Pistorius. South African police said before indicting Pistorius that their specialist team was “convinced that the accused has a charge to answer to after they worked tirelessly to ensure that the investigation was finalized.”
The state investigating team is comprised of police detectives, forensic experts, ballistics experts, forensic psychologists and technology experts, the South African Police Service said in a statement from the very top, the national commissioner’s office.
On Tuesday, spokeswoman Burgess said that Pistorius has done little else but focus on his murder trial since his last court appearance six weeks ago.
“Nothing much has changed,” Burgess told The AP. “Oscar is preparing for the trial. That’s the focus and that’s the focus of everybody around him, too.”