TODAY | April 08, 2014
>>> let's begin this half-hour with more of today's emotional testimony from oscar pistorius as he spoke in court for the first time about the shooting of reeva steenkamp. jeff rossen is with us once again from outside the court. jeff, good morning to you.
>> reporter: hey, matt. good morning to you. we have said all along, this entire case comes down to oscar pistorius himself taking the stand, and so this is the pivotal moment right now. pistorius on the stand today, taking us through the shooting that night. minute by minute, what started as a quiet dinner at home at 7:00 p.m ., would end with his girlfriend reeva steenkamp dead on his bathroom floor. this morning, pistorius opening up about their relationship and the moment, in his words, everything changed. they were the it couple on the red carpet , the world class athlete and the beautiful model. but behind the scenes , oscar pistorius testified today, it was hard.
>> i was very keen on reeva, i think if anything i was maybe more into her than she was at times with me and i let her just take her space.
>> reporter: but what about those text messages reeva sent to oscar just weeks before her death? i was not flirting with anyone today, she wrote. i felt sick that you suggested that and that you made a scene at the table and made us leave early. i am scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me.
>> i was a bit upset. i felt maybe that i'd been a bit neglected or that i hasn't -- i think maybe i was just being sensitive. i maybe felt a bit insecure or jealous.
>> reporter: prosecutors say it's that jealousy that fueled the shooting, when he killed reeva in his bathroom. on the stand today, for the first time, pistorius went through that fateful night.
>> i took my prosthetic legs off, i took them off so that they could get some air. i climbed on to the bed and reeva jumped into the bed, and we sat chatting. the tv was on. i was texting my cousin. i heard a window open in the bathroom. sounded like the window sliding open. my lady, that's the moment that everything changed. i thought that there was a burglar that was gaining entry into my home. i think initially i just froze. i didn't really know what to do. i heard this noise. i interpreted it as being somebody was climbing into the bathroom. the first thing that ran through my mind was that i needed to arm myself, that i needed to protect reeva and i and that i needed to get my gun.
>> and so that is where it stands right now. the court as we speak is taking a short lunch break. very soon, we are going to hear what happened next, the moment he opened fire four times into the bathroom door. why did he do it? and if he was running around the house screaming, why wasn't reeva answering him and why would he just shoot without investigating it further? a lot of legal experts here thinking they have opened themselves up to a very difficult cross-examination, matt.
>> jeff rossen in pretoria, thanks