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Oscar Pistorius murder trial delayed

6/17/2014

Athlete Oscar Pistorius' murder trial has taken a dramatic turn in South Africa after a judge ruled the paralympian must undergo a month of psychiatric testing before proceedings can continue. The decision to halt the case came on Wednesday (14May14) after a psychiatrist testified that the sprinter had been battling an anxiety disorder since he was an infant, partly due to the amputation of both of his lower legs, which were removed due to a genetic defect. The testimony left Judge Thokozile Masipa questioning whether or not Pistorius, who stands accused of murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home last year (13), was insane or mentally incapacitated when he shot her. Dr. Merryll Vorster told the court, "The accused may not have raised the issue that he was not criminally responsible at the time of the incident in so many words, but evidence raised on his behalf cannot be ignored." As a result of the judge's ruling, the trial has been halted indefinitely. Announcing her decision, she explained, "This is not about anyone's convenience, but about whether justice has been served." Pistorius will be examined at a facility to be determined before the trial continues. The athlete admits shooting Steenkamp but insists he thought there was an intruder in his house when he opened fire.

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