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There has finally been a ruling in the long and drawn out murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. For those who haven't been following this story, Pistorius is the South African double-amputee super athlete (the Olympian sprint runner with metal legs dubbed 'Blade Runner', or the fastest man with no legs) that was charged with killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home back in February of 2013, after Pistorius fired several shots through a bathroom door, allegedly thinking no one was in there, during a fight between in the two.
And now we have a ruling on whether he was charged with murder or not. So, while the judge's verdict is not completely in just yet, she (Judge Thokozile Masipa) has decided that there is not enough evidence to charge Pistorius with murder, or even a lesser degree of murder. However, given the judge's reading to Pistorius, it certainly sounds like a 'culpable homicide' charge is highly likely instead.
Here's part of what Judge Masipa had to say
"Clearly he did not subjectively foresee this as a possibility that he would kill the person behind the door, let alone the deceased as he thought she was in the bedroom,'' Masipa told the court as Pistorius sobbed and shook in the dock.
"That, however, is not the end of the matter," Masipa said, pausing for lunch before returning briefly to begin considering the notion of "culpable homicide" - similar to a manslaughter charge in the U.S.
She told the court that there was "no reason nor explanation" why Pistorius didn't call for help if he suspected an intruder and instead picked up a loaded gun.
She said she was "not convinced that a reasonable person" with the same disability as the double amputee would have fired four shots into the bathroom without realizing that the person inside could be killed.
So, it certainly sounds like Pistorius will be charged with something, as its hard to imagine the judge making those statements, and then letting him off completely free. Does that sound about right? From following the case, does this surprise anyone?