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Oscar Pistorius Defense Team Rests Case In Athlete’s Murder Trial

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — The defense team for Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius closed its case Tuesday in the murder trial of his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp, sending the trial into a new phase and ending months of emotionally wrenching cross-examination. The court was adjourned to allow both sides to […]

July 8, 2014

Pistorius Psychiatric Report: No Mental Disorder

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHHANNESBURG, South Africa — 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. The trial resumed Monday after the court sent Pistorius for a psychiatric assessment six weeks […]

June 30, 2014

South African Prosecutor Seeks Psychiatric Test For Oscar Pistorius

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — A South African prosecutor said he will ask the Pretoria high court on Tuesday to order a full psychiatric evaluation of double amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius after a psychiatrist testified she had diagnosed him with a mental disorder. Pistorius is on trial for the murder […]

May 12, 2014

Pistorius Was ‘Broken’ After Shooting Girlfriend, Friend Says

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — A friend of Oscar Pistorius testified Monday that the South African Olympian appeared “broken” as he wept, prayed and begged his girlfriend not to die in the minutes after he fatally shot her on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius’ murder trial resumed Monday after a two-week break, […]

May 5, 2014

Distraught Oscar Pistorius Testifies At Murder Trial, Apologizes

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — Olympian Oscar Pistorius made a tearful apology to the family of his girlfriend Monday as he stood trial for fatally shooting her in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius took the stand to tell the court his version of what happened that […]

April 7, 2014

Steenkamp Told Pistorius He Sometimes Scared Her

Pretoria (AFP) – Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told the athlete she was sometimes scared of him in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, his murder trial heard Thursday. “I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me,” Steenkamp said […]

March 24, 2014

Pistorius Trial Witness: Screams Sounded Like ‘Family Murder’

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The murder trial of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius on Monday heard more testimony that a terrified woman screamed the night that the athlete shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The athlete’s defense team has argued that no one screamed the night of the shooting except […]

March 24, 2014

Pistorius’ Lawyer Tries To Shake Police Photographer’s Testimony

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — In a sign of how crucial police photos may be in the murder trial of Oscar, the Olympic athlete’s attorney spent most of Tuesday’s session in Pretoria’s high court trying to demolish the credibility of the photographic evidence. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to the murder of […]

March 18, 2014

Police Photos Show Traces Of Blood In Pistorius’ Bedroom

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Police photographs show unexplained drops of blood on the wall above the left-hand bedside table and bed headboard and on the duvet in the main bedroom of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, according to evidence at his trial Monday. The blood spatters appear to have been […]

March 17, 2014