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Witness who says she heard screams testifies in tears

Tuesday - 3/4/2014, 12:10pm  ET

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has broken down in tears, saying she still remembers the terrified screams of a woman the night the South African Olympic runner killed his girlfriend by shooting four times through a bathroom door.

Michelle Burger wept as she testified in court in Pretoria today.

Pistorius says he thought girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was an intruder when he fired the shots on Valentine's Day 2013. And he has said he heard no screams.

Prosecutors allege Pistorius killed Steenkamp in an argument.

Earlier, the trial was interrupted when the prosecutor said an image of the witness testifying was being shown on TV, against a court order that guaranteed privacy for witnesses who request it.

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127-a-15-(Gerrie Nel, state prosecutor, at murder trial)-"we should stop"-Less than 30 minutes into the trial's second day, state prosecutor Gerrie Nel interrupts proceedings saying he has been told that an image of witness Michell Burger is being broadcast, against court rules. (4 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO XDF139: Oscar Pistorius, talks with his attorney, Barry Roux, left, inside court on the second day of his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Kim Ludbrook,Pool) (4 Mar 2014)

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