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TODAY   |  April 10, 2014

Oscar Pistorius: ‘I never told Reeva I loved her’

As the Pistorius trial continues, prosecutors called the athlete an egomaniac who tried to control his late girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius said he never got the chance to tell her he loved her. NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports from South Africa.

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>>> hour with day four of oscar pistorius , his most watched murder trial. he is facing another grilling from prosecutors. jeff lawson is at the courthouse for us. jeff, good morning.

>> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, yeah, as you said, the prosecutor came out of the gate hard yesterday, if you thought he would slow down today, think again. hammering oscar pistorius for hours this morning, accusing him of deflecting questions. grandstanding in the court for the cameras and lying about his entire relationship with reeva steenkamp. oscar pistorius , the olympian, and reeva steenkamp, the model, as he tells it, a happy couple in love, making future plans together. but in court this morning, this.

>> we did a search. the search found out you twice. another time to her mother.

>> that's correct, my lady, i never got the opportunity to tell reeva that i loved her.

>> reporter: pistorius said he mistook reeva as an intruder. her text messages are her only voice.

>> i understand what you she writes here, but i was good to reeva. i never picked on her, my lady.

>> so she lied?

>> i don't think she lied.

>> she lied? if she never put it there, you both lied.

>> reeva sent that message.

>> i'm scare of you sometimes. why would she be scared?

>> she's obviously scared of the way i react.

>> shouted at her, screamed at her?

>> no, i never shouted at her, screamed at her.

>> reporter: on the night, the prosecution said pistorius intended to kill steenkamp.

>> did you fire?

>> i'm still with the fact i fired the gun out of fear. i didn't mean to bullet trigger so in that sense it was an accident.

>> reporter: legal experts say the prosecutor's strategy is clear. rattle pistorius , tire him out and hope for an outburst.

>> you just don't do anything wrong.

>> reporter: is the prosecutor scoring points here? how's he doing?

>> i think he did well initially. he got oscar rattled and oscar broke down. and also oscar hasn't been answering the questions straight. he's been coming up with some version that he's concocted up in his mind. in my opinion, he's being an evasive witness.

>> as you just saw, the prosecutor did spend some time today, trying to nail pistorius down on that word he keeps using "accident." the prosecutor's point if he pointed the gun at the door and fired four times how is that an accident. by the way, one other note, guys. reeva's mother back in the court. she said, quote, i look at oscar the whole time to see how he