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Oscar Pistorius defense calls anesthetist

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Oscar Pistorius is seated in a courtroom at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. A man who lives next to the house where Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend has testified at the athlete’s murder trial about the night of the killing, saying he heard a man crying loudly and that he called the security of the housing estate for help. (AP Photo/Mike Hutchings, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius is seated in a courtroom at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. A man who lives next to the house where Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend has testified at the athlete’s murder trial about the night of the killing, saying he heard a man crying loudly and that he called the security of the housing estate for help. (AP Photo/Mike Hutchings, Pool)

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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ defense lawyer has called an anesthetist to testify at the runner’s murder trial.

Prof. Aina Lundgren was being questioned Thursday on her expertise regarding how long it takes a person to digest food after eating.

The testimony relates to an autopsy report on Reeva Steenkamp’s body that said she still had food in her stomach after she was killed by Pistorius, leading prosecutors to challenge his story that the couple ate around eight hours before he shot her through a toilet door.

Experts testifying for the prosecution say a person’s stomach is normally empty of food six hours after eating, arguing Steenkamp ate later on the night of the killing and not in line with Pistorius’ story.

Associated Press

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