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Continued: Pistorius pleads not guilty at murder trial, 1st witness recalls 'blood-curdling' screams

  • Article by: CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA , Associated Press
  • Last update: March 3, 2014 - 12:15 PM

At the start of the morning, showing the media intense interest in the trial, a drone carrying cameras flew over the entrance to the courthouse in gray, drizzly skies. Several broadcasters massed live broadcast satellite trucks around the courthouse. A 24-hour cable channel devoted to covering the trial was launched in South Africa on Sunday.

If convicted on the murder charge, Pistorius could be sent to prison for at least 25 years before the chance of parole, the minimum time someone must serve if given a life sentence in South Africa. South Africa does not have the death penalty.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, hearing the biggest trial of her career, will ultimately deliver the verdict and will decide on any sentence. South Africa has no trial by jury.

As Pistorius left the courthouse, people erupted in hoots and a few boos.

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