Oscar Pistorius was found ‘not guilty’ on September 11 of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The former Olympic sprinter had been charged with intentionally shooting and killing his longtime girlfriend in 2013.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Oscar Pistorius, 27, of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Although he is cleared of the most serious charges of premeditated murder and murder, Oscar still faces charges of culpable homicide (manslaughter) and other firearms offenses.
Oscar Pistorius Found Not Guilty Of Murder
Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of “murder” under South African law, according to CNN.
The judge said that the state has not proven an intent to kill, the outlet reports. She said that the evidence suggests that Oscar thought that Reeva was still in the bedroom on the night of February 14, 2013, and he believed the person in the bathroom was an intruder, but that is irrelevant to the case.
The judge will resume reading her verdict later today for charges of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, and other firearms charges. He is accused of discharging firearms in public, which carry prison sentences of up to five years, according to NBC News. He is also accused of illegal possession of ammunition, which could result up to 15 years in prison, the outlet reports.
Oscar wept as the verdict was read. The sprinter has always maintained that he did not intentionally kill his girlfriend.
Judge Masipa doubted the witness testimony. She believes that media coverage contaminated testimonies, CNN reports. She also doubted state witnesses, saying they lacking sleep the night Reeva was killed.
We will keep you updated on the latest news in the Oscar Pistorius trial.
— Avery Thompson