Tag: Pistorius

Pistorius could get 15 years for homicide

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing. Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to support the contention that Pistorius knew Steenkamp was behind a locked toilet door in his home when he shot through the door in the predawn hours of Valentine’s Day last year. Masipa said prosecutors had not proven beyond...

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Judge: States Pistorius can’t be found guilty of Murder!

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The judge in Oscar Pistorius’ trial ruled out a murder conviction for the double-amputee Olympian Thursday in the shooting death of his girlfriend but said he was negligent, raising the possibility he’ll be convicted of culpable homicide. The verdict in the case that has riveted much of South Africa and the world is expected on Friday when Judge Thokozile Masipa reconvenes the judgment phase, climaxing the trial that began in March. If Pistorius is acquitted of murder, he could still be sent to jail for a maximum of 15 years if convicted of culpable...

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Pistorius was heartbroken, says social worker

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ defense team continued Thursday to present a picture of a man who was heartbroken after he killed his girlfriend in what he says was a tragic accident. The defense called a social worker and probation officer who visited Pistorius in a police cell a day after he fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp to testify at the double-amputee Olympian’s murder trial. Social worker Yvette van Schalkwyk said she observed an emotionally devastated Pistorius last year who was grieving for his slain girlfriend and concerned for her parents. “I saw a heartbroken man. He cried 80...

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Pistorius allegedly made sinister remark in court

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was accused of making a “sinister” comment to a friend of Reeva Steenkamp in the courtroom Tuesday after his murder trial was adjourned for the day. Pistorius denied the allegation. A lawyer for Kim Myers, who was close to Steenkamp, said Pistorius approached Myers in the Pretoria courtroom and said to her “how can you sleep at night?” Lawyer Ian Levitt told The Associated Press that Myers said Pistorius made the remark in a “very sinister way.” Steenkamp, whom Pistorius shot and killed last year, lived with the Myers family and they say...

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Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense. Following the tough cross-examination of Pistorius that lasted five days, his defense attempted to re-assert his story that his killed his girlfriend by mistake, but the prosecutor strongly challenged the expert witness. Roger Dixon, a forensic geologist at the University of Pretoria and a former policeman, contradicted parts of the evidence given by a police ballistics expert and the state pathologist who examined the...

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