Judge: Pistorius Did Not Intentionally Kill Steenkamp

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Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) — Oscar Pistorius cannot be found guilty of intentionally killing Reeva Steenkamp, the judge in his trial said Thursday. The judge has not issued a verdict, and the proceedings continue. Pistorius faces other possible verdicts, including culpable homicide.

Under South African law, Pistorius will not be found guilty of “murder.”

Pistorius could not have foreseen that the person he was shooting at, who was behind the bathroom door, would die, and therefore the state has not proven an intent to kill, Judge Thokozile Masipa said.

She also said evidence suggests that Pistorius genuinely believed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was still in the bedroom, and that the person in the bathroom was an intruder, although that is irrelevant to the case, she said.

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2 comments

  • Give me a break

    Wow! If I using a gun and fixing to shoot several shots into the bathroom, I’m making sure that the person I’m sleeping with is not the one in the bathroom. Am I the only one that’s tired of seeing a different justice system for the rich and influential?? Now you have a beautiful young woman dead and the person who killed her, who should be punished, will probably get off scott free. Looks like the United States isn’t the only country who treats the rich and powerful different. Give me a break.

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