crimes and misdemeanors

Doctors Say Oscar Pistorius Knew Right From Wrong When He Killed Girlfriend

South African Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius attends his trial in Court in Pretoria on April 7, 2014. As the defence opens its case, the 27-year-old Paralympian will give the court his first account of why he shot dead his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013.
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Pistorius’s murder trial is set to resume now that a panel of psychiatrists from a Pretoria hospital has determined that the Olympian “did not suffer from a mental disorder or mental defect that affected his ability to distinguish between the rightful or wrongful nature of his deeds” when he shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door. The proceedings were paused for 30 days last month when a doctor called by the defense testified that Pistorius suffered from an anxiety disorder that could have affected his thinking at the time of the shooting, when, he claims, he believed that an intruder was in his home. 

Doctors Say Pistorius Was Not Mentally Ill