Pistorius trial: Prosecutor to end case next week

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Oscar Pistorius listens to ballistic evidence being given in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)
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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial says he plans to wrap up his case early next week after calling four or five more witnesses.

Judge Thokozile Masipa granted a request on Wednesday from prosecutor Gerrie Nel to adjourn the trial until Monday so that Nel has time to consult his last witnesses. No court session was scheduled on Friday, which is a national holiday in South Africa.

Defense lawyer Barry Roux said the trial is expensive and he does not want to delay proceedings. He did not object to Nel's request.

Pistorius has been charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013. The athlete acknowledges he fatally shot her, but says it was a mistake.

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