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Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty of Culpable Homicide

Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide after being found not guilty of premeditated murder while on trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 27-year-old Paralympic athlete could receive anywhere from no time in jail to an extensive amount of time in jail depending on how reckless the judge perceived him to be.

Judge Masipa extended Oscar‘s bail until his sentence hearing on October 13 as she felt he had no intention to try and flee the country.

Oscar shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva, 29, through the door of their bathroom back in February of 2013.

Oscar Pistorius Verdict: Judge Finds Paralympic Athlete Not Guilty of Murder

Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of premeditated murder after being on trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the New York Times reports.

The 27-year-old Paralympic athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva, 29, through the door of their bathroom back in February of 2013.

Judge Masipa said that although she found Oscar to be an evasive witness in his own trial, she found parts of his story credible, including the main part of his story that he thought he was shooting and killing intruders in his home.

Oscar could still face charges of culpable homicide in the case, which would result in jail time. Court is currently in recess until Friday morning – Just Jared will bring updates as the final sentencing is given.

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Oscar Pistorius Takes the Stand to Describe the Moment He Shot Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius has taken the stand in the murder trial of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to describe the moments of gunfire on Tuesday (April 8) in Pretoria, South Africa.

“That was the moment everything changed,” the 27-year-old athlete said in the first hand account of what happened (via NBC). “I thought that there was a burglar that was gaining entry to my home. Initially I just froze. The first thing that ran through my mind was that I needed to arm myself.”

“I was afraid … someone was going to start shooting,” he added. “I heard a noise from inside the toilet. Before I knew it, I’d fired four shots at the door. There was ringing in my ears.” He then added that it dawned on him that the person inside the bathroom could be Reeva. “I didn’t want to believe that it could be Reeva inside the toilet. I jumped out and ran my hand along the curtain to see that she wasn’t hiding behind the curtain.”

“I was screaming and shouting the whole time. I don’t think I’ve ever screamed liked that. I was crying out for the Lord to help me,” Oscar said.

Oscar took the stand the day before to tearfully apologize to Reeva‘s family.

Oscar Pistorius Takes the Stand in Murder Case, Gives Tearful Apology to Reeva Steenkamp's Family (Video)

Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius takes the stand for his first account during his murder trial on Monday (April 7) in Pretoria, South Africa.

The 27-year-old athlete started the morning out by giving a tearful apology to Reeva Steenkamp‘s family. He is on trial for killing her last year after shooting her through a locked bathroom door, though he says he mistook her for an intruder.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Mr. and Mrs. Steenkamp, to Reeva’s family,” Oscar said (via ABC News). ”To those of you who knew her who are in court today.”

“There hasn’t been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family,” he added. “I wake up every morning and you’re the first people I think of, the first people I pray for… I was simply trying to protect Reeva. I can promise you when she went to bed that night she felt loved. I’ve tried to put my feelings in words to you several times, but no words ever sufficed.”

FYI: Oscar requested that he not be placed on video, but his audio was recorded and you can watch that below.


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Oscar Pistorius Indicted for Murder in Reeva Steenkamp Death

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Pretoria Magistrates Court for an indictment hearing on Monday morning (August 19) in Pretoria, South Africa.

The 26-year-old sprint runner is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp though he denies the claim, saying he mistook her for an intruder.

Oscar was seen crying and holding hands with his siblings before the hearing started. It is interesting to note that today would have marked Reeva‘s 30th birthday.

During the hearing, a trial date of March 3 was set. The trial will be presided over by a judge as South Africa does not have trial by jury. If convicted of premeditated murder, Oscar will serve a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, according to USA Today.


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Double Amputee Paralympian Oscar Pistorius Charged with Killing Girlfriend

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who became famous after becoming the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics, has been charged today with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day (February 14) in South Africa.

The 26-year-old runner is accused of shooting his 30-year-old aspiring model and law graduate student girlfriend at his home in a luxury apartment complex, according to the New York Times.

A court date for bail has been set for tomorrow.

Oscar won two gold medals and one silver medal at last year’s Paralympic Games in London.

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this horrible tragedy.

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