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Pistorius trial: Cell phone texts show tensions

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Oscar Pistorius passes a note to his defense team in high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 24, 2014. The trial of Pistorius, who is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day in 2013, is beginning its fourth week. (AP Photo/Ihsaan Haffejee, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius passes a note to his defense team in high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 24, 2014. The trial of Pistorius, who is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day in 2013, is beginning its fourth week. (AP Photo/Ihsaan Haffejee, Pool)

June Steenkamp, left, the mother of the late Reeva Steenkamp, talks with an unidentified member of the African National Congress Women’s League as they wait for proceedings to get under way Monday, March 24, 2014, at the high court in Pretroia, South Africa. The trial of Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day in 2013, is beginning its fourth week. (AP Photo/Ihsaan Haffejee, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius, left, walks past June Steenkamp, right, the mother of the late Reeva Steenkamp, upon his arrival at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 24, 2014. The trial of Pistorius, who is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day in 2013, is beginning its fourth week. The prosecution has said it will wrap up its case against the double-amputee runner this week after calling four or five more witnesses, beginning Monday. (AP Photo/Ihsaan Haffejee, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius, right, arrives at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 24, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day 2013. (AP Photo/Ihsaan Haffejee, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius, left, accompanied by relatives arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 24, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Phone messages between Oscar Pistorius and the girlfriend he shot dead indicate that she was sometimes afraid of him.

The couple had also argued about what she alleged was the athlete’s short temper and jealousy, police Capt. Francois Moller testified Monday, citing text messages he extracted from cell phones.

Moller says that about 90 percent of the messages he downloaded were what he called normal and “loving” exchanges. But there were exceptions that he printed out for the court in Pistorius’ murder trial.

In another message, Pistorius told Steenkamp that his friends will take the blame for a shooting incident that occurred a month before Steenkamp was killed.

Pistorius shot dead Steenkamp early Feb. 14, 2013. He says he mistook her for an intruder but the state argues he intentionally shot her after an argument.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A neighbor of Oscar Pistorius testified at his murder trial on Monday that she heard gunshots as well as screams from both a man and a woman on the night that the double-amputee runner fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Anette Stipp’s testimony matched some of the evidence given by other witnesses earlier in the trial who said they also heard a woman screaming around the time that Pistorius killed Steenkamp before dawn on Feb. 14, 2013.

The defense has countered that the neighbors were actually hearing Pistorius screaming in a high-pitched voice after he shot Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model. Pistorius has said he shot his girlfriend by mistake through a locked toilet door, thinking that she was an intruder in his home.

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel opened Monday’s court session by noting evidence will include analysis of cellular telephones, including two that were removed from the bathroom where the shooting happened.

Investigators had been chasing information on Pistorius’ locked iPhone for months and met Apple officials in the United States just before the trial started on March 3. Pistorius has said he forgot the password to his phone.

Stipp, the neighbor, said under questioning from Nel that she heard gunshots while lying awake around 3 a.m. on the night of the shooting, and then heard the “terrified, terrified” screams of a woman. Her bedroom is situated across a grassy area about 70 meters (230 feet) from Pistorius’ home, and the windows of the athlete’s bathroom are visible from her window.

“The screaming at that stage just continued,” said Stipp, who recalled looking out from a balcony at two houses with lights on in the gated estate where her family and Pistorius lived.

She said she told her husband Johan, who previously testified, that the screaming sounded as though a “family murder” had taken place.

“There was definitely a female screaming for quite a period,” Anette Stipp said. “You could definitely hear two different voices.”

She said she then heard a second set of shots, and the screaming stopped.

The defense has said that Pistorius fired into the door and then battered the door with a cricket bat to get to Steenkamp after realizing she was inside the toilet cubicle. It insists that some neighbors who testified mistook the sound of the cricket bat striking the door for gunshots.

Pistorius’ camp also maintains that Pistorius fired with quick bursts that gave Steenkamp no time to scream, and so Pistorius did not realize he was shooting at Steenkamp. A South African police ballistics expert, however, has testified that the first of three bullets that struck Steenkamp hit her in the right hip, giving her time to scream before she was hit in the arm and head.

Defense lawyer Kenneth Oldwadge pressed neighbor Anette Stipp on her recollections, questioning whether she was inside her house or on a balcony while hearing what she said were shots and screams, and whether she was alert

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