Oscar Pistorius Trial: Judge Rules Out Premeditated Murder

A tense Oscar Pistorius found it hard to control his tears as the final verdict in his girlfriend's murder case was read out. Sentencing though may take a few weeks.

updated: September 11, 2014 16:24 IST
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South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius cries in the dock during the verdict in his murder trial, Pretoria, South Africa.


Pretoria: "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp Thursday as a South African judge dismissed the most serious charges against him. (Oscar Pistorius: Olympic Glory to Murder Charges)

"The state clearly has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder," Thokozile Masipa said, before dealing with the lesser charge of culpable homicide -- also known as manslaughter.

"Viewed in its totality the evidence failed to establish that the accused had the requisite intention to kill the deceased let alone with premeditation," said Masipa.

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