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Oscar Pistorius trial resumes after psychiatric evaluation

Two reports found that Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed Reeva Steenkamp.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 30, 2014 at 7:36 AM  |  Updated June 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM   |   Comments

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 30 (UPI) -- The trial of Oscar Pistorius has resumed after a month-long break to allow time for the former Olympian to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Two separate reports found that Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed Reeva Steenkamp and that his ability to know right from wrong was not impaired.

A team of psychiatrists and psychologists found that the 27-year-old athlete should be held criminally responsible for killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

According to CNN, the report added that Pistorius "was capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act."

If the team of doctors decided that Pistorius was mentally incapacitated during the shooting, he would have automatically received a verdict of not guilty.

Pistorius has admitted to shooting Steenkamp, but he claims he thought she was an intruder and has pleaded not guilty.

If trial Judge Thokozile Masipa finds Pistorius guilty of murder, he will be sentenced to at least 15 years in prison. The death penalty is not an option.

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