A man accused of shooting dead his girlfriend, murdering their daughter with an ax and stabbing and setting their son alight was allowed to confront the boy in court.
During cross-examination Ronnie Oneal, who is defending himself, asked his 11-year-old: "Did I hurt you the night of this incident?"
"Yes," replied Ronnie Jr, who was eight at the time of the March 2018 attack in Tampa, Florida.
"I did? And how did I hurt you?" the defendant, 32, followed up.
"You stabbed me," his son replied.
The exchange came after Oneal was granted permission to lead his own defense by a judge who deemed him sufficiently mentally fit and educated.
Since starting his own defense on Monday, Oneal has sought to portray himself as the victim of a conspiracy.
"By the time it's all said and done, you will see who is the mass murderers," an animated Oneal yelled at the jury.
"This whole entire case has been tampered with and fabricated," he went on. "My son did not witness me viciously beat his mom to death."
His son, who testified via video link Wednesday from a different location, told the jury his father had killed his mother, Kenyatta Barron, and struck his sister Ron'niveya with an ax.
The extremely rare courtroom confrontation between father and son had started out with familiar greetings.
"How are you doing? Good to see you man," the accused said to his alleged victim.
"Good to see you too," replied the boy, who has since been adopted by one of the police officers who led the investigation.
The pleasantries stopped there, however, as Oneal spent 20 minutes trying to point out inconsistencies in his son's testimony, seeking to highlight gaps between his depositions and his remarks to the court.
He also made his son acknowledge that he had not actually seen his mother die. The victim had testified that he saw his father threaten his screaming mother with a shotgun.
The boy's testimony under cross-examination by his father was no less damning.
Describing the death of his sister, he said his father had "hit her with an ax in the back of the head, I saw her eyes roll."
In the United States, defendants are allowed to represent themselves and question witnesses, even if those in the stand were victims of the alleged crime being tried.
A man who opened fire on a train in New York in 1993, killing six people, questioned the people he had wounded during his trial.
This tactic often does not end well, and defendants are advised to get private representation or accept the services of public defenders.
Prosecutors said that after Oneal shot his girlfriend, he then beat her so hard with the shotgun that he broke the weapon.
If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
The Hubble Space Telescope, which has been peering into the universe for more than 30 years, has been down for the past few days, NASA said Friday.
The problem is a payload computer that stopped working last Sunday, the US space agency said.
It insisted the telescope itself and scientific instruments that accompany it are "in good health."
"The payload computer's purpose is to control and coordinate the science instruments and monitor them for health and safety purposes," NASA said.
An attempt to restart it on Monday failed.
NASA said initial evidence pointed to a degrading computer memory module as the source of the computer problem.
An attempt to switch to a back-up memory module also failed.
The technology for the payload computer dates back to the 1980s, and it was replaced during maintenance work in 2009.
Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope revolutionized the world of astronomy and changed our vision of the universe as it sent back images of the solar system, the Milky Way and distant galaxies.
A new and more powerful one, called the James Webb Space Telescope, is scheduled to be deployed late this year. It is designed to peer deeper into the cosmos than ever before.
A piece of art weaving together one of the great statesmen of the 20th century, an icon of the jet set and the world's first "super yacht" will go under the hammer at New York auction house Phillips on June 23.
"The Moat, Breccles," a signed 1921 oil landscape by Winston Churchill, is estimated by Phillips at $1.5 million to $2 million, far from the $11.6 million netted by another painting from the wartime British prime minister sold by Angelina Jolie at Christie's last March.
But even if it doesn't shatter records, this landscape -- which Churchill mentioned in a December 1921 essay titled "Painting as a Pastime" -- could appeal to both history and celebrity buffs.
Churchill kept the painting for 40 years before offering it in 1961, four years before his death, to his friend the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, Phillips Deputy Chairman Jean-Paul Engelen told AFP.
The tycoon was so proud of his gift that he hung it in a place of honor -- behind the bar of his yacht -- alongside works by Vermeer, Gauguin, Le Greco and Pissarro.
This super yacht, named "Christina" after Onassis's daughter, was a former Canadian Navy frigate, nearly 100 meters long. It had been a part of the Normandy landings before Onassis bought the ship post-war for $34,000.
Onassis had it lavishly renovated to the tune of $4 million, making it "one of the most incredible structures that floated," Engelen said.
It was a favored gathering spot for the rich and famous, including Elizabeth Taylor, John F. and Jackie Kennedy, Richard Burton, Grace Kelly, J. Paul Getty, Eva Peron and others.
When Onassis died in 1975, seven years after his marriage to Jackie Kennedy, the yacht was sold and everything on board placed in storage, until his heirs recently decided to part with the painting.
To spur interest in the canvas, Phillips has recreated the bar on the "Christina" -- known as Ari's Bar -- in its New York showroom, including facsimiles of its famous whale teeth, and filled the shelves with Pol Roger champagne, Churchill's preferred bubbly.
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