New ballistics evidence in Pistorius murder case

FILE -- Oscar Pistorius appears in the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Pistorius is back in the glare of public scrutiny for the first time in months when he appeared, launching the next chapter of a sensational case that transformed the double-amputee Olympian from a smiling global inspiration to a sobbing suspect facing a life sentence in prison if convicted of killing his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

March 3, 2014 3:36:59 PM PST
Reports say South African prosecutors are backtracking on key parts of their murder case against track star Oscar Pistorius.

According to documents obtained by a South African news network, the state's ballistics expert supports Pistorius' claim that he was not wearing his artificial legs when he shot his girlfriend.

Additionally, the expert believes the athlete fired from a distance of about two feet, not the five feet as police originally said.

Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day 2013. His trial is set to begin next month.