Pathologist Jan Botha is being called first because of "family health reasons."
Barry Roux starts by laying out the defense's case. He says between 14 and 17 experts will testify.
Court is back in session. Both assessors are with Judge Masipa.
We're about 10 minutes away from the start of the defense portion of the Oscar Pistorius trial.
Judge Masipa postpones court until Monday April 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Judge Masipa says that court will not be in session today or next week because one of the assessor's is ill.
One of the assessors is missing from court.
Good morning. Oscar Pistorius has just arrived for day 16 of his trial. Will he testify? We'll have to wait about 30 minutes to find out.
Nel doesn't object. Judge Masipa says it's only fair that Roux be granted the request. Court is adjourned until Friday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m.
Roux says there have been a number of state witnesses that they couldn't consult with because of state privilege. He asks for an adjournment until Friday morning to go through the list of available witnesses.
Roux hands in the Sky News CCTV footage as evidence.
Roux says they would've asked about it if they wanted to deal with it and have no questions about it. Nel has no further questions.
Nel asks Roux to tell the court to tell them why they wanted to see Vermeulen's phone records.
Regarding the shoe mark made on the bathroom door that was wiped off after Vermeulen examined it:
Roux: So what you're saying is that you have the experience to investigate the shoe mark but you didn't because it wasn't in your mandate.
Vermeulen: I was not asked to investigate the shoe mark.
Roux: Did you test the sound of a cricket bat hitting wood?
Vermeulen: I did not have time
Roux asks Vermeulen if he's put together other cases where he performed similar analysis. Vermeulen says he looked at cases where similar principles were used. He found 60 similar cases, 6 are international proficiency tests on imprints and impressions.
Roux: Could you find any on wood?