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Oscar Pistorius Verdict: Cleared of Murder, but Could Face Lesser Charge

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By    |   Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 08:11 AM

The Oscar Pistorius verdict was partially read Thursday, and the double-amputee track star was cleared of all murder charges by a South African judge. He still faces lesser charges, such as culpable homicide, for the fatal 2013 shooting of his girlfriend, who he says he mistook for an intruder.

"The state has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder," said Judge Thokozile Masipa, Reuters reported. "There are just not enough facts to support such a finding."

The 27-year-old Paralympian sobbed as the decision was read, with tears running down his face.

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Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day of last year while she was inside the bathroom of his home. He fired several shots through a locked bathroom door, and said in court that he thought Steenkamp was still in bed, and that there was an intruder.

According to The New York Times, the judge said that Pistorius was "a very poor witness," and that his testimony was "inconsistent with someone who shot without thinking." She also said, however, that a premeditated murder conviction would be based on a "purely circumstantial" premise.

In the end, the verdict upheld Pistorius' argument that the killing was unintentional.

"Clearly he did not subjectively foresee this as a possibility that he would kill the person behind the door — let alone the deceased [Steenkamp] — as he thought she was in the bedroom," the judge said.

After reading the verdict regarding the two murder charges, Masipa adjourned the court for a lunch break, stunning observers across the world. Several took to Twitter to express their surprise, anger, and other emotions piqued by the seeming cliffhanger.







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The Oscar Pistorius verdict was partially read Thursday, and the double-amputee track star was cleared of all murder charges by a South African judge. He still faces lesser charges, such as culpable homicide, for the fatal 2013 shooting of his girlfriend, who he says he mistook for an intruder.
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