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  • South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius , who was cleared of murder in the killing of his girlfriend, was convicted Friday on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.
  • After months of grueling testimony, Judge Thokozile Masipa began to deliver her verdict Thursday in the high-profile murder trial of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius .
  • The judge who will decide Oscar Pistorius' guilt or innocence has a reputation a tough judge and a trailblazer who avoids the spotlight.
  • Prosecutors have twisted the facts to discredit Oscar Pistorius in his murder trial, his lawyer has said in closing remarks in court in Pretoria.
  • The murder trial of fallen South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius resumes on Thursday for closing arguments after months of gripping testimony that captured the world's attention. It will be a final showdown between two of the country's top legal minds: defence lawyer Barry Roux, and senior state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, nicknamed "Bulldog" because of his brutal style of questioning.
  • An extraordinary video showing Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius reenacting the 2013 shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was broadcast in Australia Sunday night. The athlete’s legal team said the video was “obtained illegally” by Australia’s Channel 7. The video had apparently been commissioned by the defense team from U.S....
  • Footage aired of Oscar Pistorius re-enacting the night he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was "obtained illegaly" say lawyers for the athlete..
  • South African double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius did not have a mental disorder when he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp , according to a psychiatric report presented at his trial Monday.
  • Oscar Pistorius, the onetime Olympic athlete turned murder suspect, must undergo a month of psychiatric testing before his trial can continue, the judge in the case ruled Wednesday. The move puts his trial on ice indefinitely.
  • The South African Police Service's handling of crucial evidence in the Oscar Pistorius murder investigation is expected to come under fire again this week as the Olympian's trial enters its third week. Pistorius is accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in cold blood during a pre-dawn argument in his home in Eastern Pretoria. He does not dispute pulling the trigger but says it was a tragic case of mistaken identity - that he thought there was an intruder in the bathroom and his life, as well as Steenkamp's, was in danger.
  • Months before he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius said he drew his gun and went into "combat mode" after hearing the noise of a possible intruder in his home, which turned out to be a laundry machine, a South African guns expert testified Monday at the athlete's murder trial. Sean Rens, manager of the International Firearm Training Academy in Walkerville town, said he has had many conversations about firearms with Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He said the double-amputee runner had "a great love and enthusiasm" for guns.
  • As it entered its second week, the Oscar Pistorius murder trial turned into an episode of "CSI," replete with gory autopsy details and photographs of the crime scene. Even the bathroom door through which he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was reassembled and put up in court. Drama from the trial came from a police expert swinging Pistorius' cricket bat at the door in court to try to determine whether he was wearing his prosthetic legs when he did it. It came as well from detailed descriptions of the damage hollow-tip bullets do to human flesh.
  • The testimony in the first week of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial was jaw dropping at times, and more riveting evidence is expected as the prosecution seeks to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the double-amputee athlete intentionally shot dead his girlfriend.
  • "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius has been on trial for a week, charged with the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. At this point, some facts are beyond dispute. The Olympic and Paralympic track star killed his girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. He fired four bullets through the door of a toilet room she was in. Three hit her; the final one in the head, and she died.
  • A security guard who was working in Oscar Pistorius' gated community says the athlete told him everything was "fine" when he called to investigate neighbors' reports of gunshots on the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed. Pieter Baba, who was driving with another guard and called Pistorius from outside the Olympian's villa in the predawn hours of Feb. 14 last year, testified Friday: "That's when Mr. Pistorius said to me everything is fine." Baba said Pistorius called him back but was crying and didn't speak, and the line "went off."
  • From the corner of Paul Kruger and Madiba Street the target is approaching, and the barked commands from behind the banks of lenses turn suddenly anxious: “Hold… Hold… HOLD... Wait... Wait… HOLD... Hold... Wait.”
  • On day three of Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial, in a surprise appearance on the witness stand, a friend testified that he had taken the fall for the athlete during a public shooting incident a month before Steenkamp’s death. Day three of the Oscar Pistorius trial was both brief and peppered with interruptions as issues with the media, last-minute requests for evidence and one (somewhat) surprise witness caused a two-hour lag in proceedings, and arguably a headache for both sets of counsel. The first witness of the day, Mr. Charl Johnson (the husband of previous witness, Dr. Michelle Burger) returned to testify following a brief start in court yesterday.
  • The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius begins today as South Africa prepares for what is expected to be a marathon legal battle that throws a spotlight not just on the world-famous double-amputee athlete, but on his homeland's criminal justice system and gun culture. The trial, which has been compared to that of the OJ Simpson case in the United States 20 years ago, has led to the establishement in South Africa of a unique cable television channel dedicated to it.
  • Oscar Pistorius' murder trial closes for the day after testimony from the South African track star's neighbor, who described gunshots and screams from next door
  • Oscar Pistorius will go on trial today for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in what is being billed as a high-stakes "forensics battleground" between experts on both sides.