Oscar Pistorius Expected to Testify at his Murder Trial

Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will likely testify at his trial later this week, according to a defense attorney. Prosecutors have rested their case against the double-amputee runner who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

In a rare public comment, Pistorius said he was going through “a tough time” as the case advanced. “We’ve got a lot ahead of us,” he told reporters after the court adjourned.

Defense lawyer Brian Webber said Pistorius is “likely” to take the stand to open the defense case. “I don’t think we have a choice. It’s a question of when,” Webber said of Pistorius’ testimony, which legal experts consider critical because the judge will have a chance to assess firsthand whether he is credible. The case will be decided by Judge Thokozile Masipa with help from two assessors. South African courts do not have a jury system.

This report compiled with information from the Associated Press.