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Defense: 'Woman's screams' actually belonged to Pistorius

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(WJLA) - Defense lawyers in the case of Oscar Pistorius continued to assert Wednesday that the screams of a woman heard by neighbors on the night of his girlfriend's death, were really in fact, Pistorius' own cries.

"I don't think I've ever screamed like that or cried like that or screamed or... I was crying out for the Lord to help me, crying out for Reeva (Steenkamp), I was screaming," Pistorius said after facing intense questioning from prosecutors who maintain he shot his fashion model girlfriend on purpose.

Pistorius said during his trial that he shot out of fear and without thinking when fatally wounded his girlfriend who he mistook for an intruder.

"I was just panicked at this point. I didn't really know what to make or what to do," he testified.

Pistorius said he tried to stop Steenkamp's bleeding once he realized whom he'd shot, but couldn't.

"I don't know how long I was there for. She wasn't breathing!" Pistorius said. 

As he broke down in sobs, the judge in the case adjourned proceedings.

A more composed Pistorius later returned to the witness stand where he continued his testimony.

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