Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide

Sept 12, 8:08 AM

Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp Friday by a South African judge, who was sure to affirm the Olympic sprinter is not guilty of murder.

The defense team has yet to decide whether or not to appeal the judge's decision.

A lack of evidence was judge Thokozile Masipa's reasoning as he said there was not enough evidence to suggest Pistorius was aware of Steenkamp's in the bathroom at the the time of the shooting and that the defense had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Pistorius had intended to murder her on Valentine's Day 2013.

He will be sentenced on Oct. 13.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Gianluigi Guercia

Sept 12, 8:08 AM

Oscar Pistorius Trial: Runner not guilty of premeditated murder, could still face lesser charge

Sept 12, 8:08 AM

The judge in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial said Thursday there were"just not enough facts" to prove that the double-amputee is guilty of premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa also indicated that Pistorius, 27, could not be found guilty of second-degree murder, stating that the prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Olympic athlete intended to kill Steenkamp in his home on Feb.14, 2013.

He was facing 25 years to life in prison if found guilty.

Masipa is still to rule on whether Pistorius is guilty of the lesser crime of culpable homicide (manslaughter).

Pistorius was visibly shaken in the courtroom, weeping as Masipa recounted the events that led to Steenkamp's death. She then went on to explain her assessment of the the testimonies from some of the 37 witnesses involved in the trial.

Responding to one of the key testimonies of the trial, Masipa dismissed witness accounts of hearing a woman (presumably Steenkamp) screaming prior to the shots being fired. 

"None of the witnesses had ever heard the accused cry or scream, let alone when he was anxious," Masipa said, referring to the argument of the defense that it was in fact Pistorius screaming in a high-pitched voice after realizing he had accidentally shot Steenkamp.

The judge also dismissed text messages between the two that had been entered as evidence, saying that the supposed tense nature of the messages did not prove anything.

Pistorius is still facing two, unrelated weapons charges and one count of illegal possession of ammunition. If convicted on any charge, the trial will likely be pushed back to a later sentencing hearing.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Gianluigi Guercia