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Oscar Pistorius Convicted Of Negligent Killing, Could Face Jail Time

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — 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. Judge Thokozile Masipa accepted the athlete’s defense that he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder. But she found that […]

September 12, 2014

Pistorius Found Not Guilty Of Murder

Pretoria (AFP) – “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp Thursday, a shock decision that left the South African celebrity athlete sobbing with emotion in the dock. “The state clearly has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder,” Thokozile Masipa told the […]

September 11, 2014

Defense Says Pistorius Was In A Vulnerable State When He Fired

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius should never have been charged with murder, but at most negligent killing, his lawyer Barry Roux told Pretoria’s High Court Friday. Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who locked herself in the toilet off his bathroom in February last […]

August 8, 2014

Pistorius Breaks Silence With Tweets On Love And Pain

Johannesburg (AFP) – South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for killing his model girlfriend last year, has broken a long social networking silence with a series of tweets on love and pain. The first tweet on Sunday, his first since February, quoted Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” Pistorius, 27, who […]

July 14, 2014

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

Judge Orders Oscar Pistorius To Undergo Psychiatric Evaluation

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The judge in the murder trial of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius on Wednesday ordered the athlete to undergo a comprehensive mental health assessment by a panel of psychiatrists, after an allegation he suffered from an anxiety disorder. Pistorius stood as Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down […]

May 14, 2014

Defense In Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Opposes Mental Evaluation

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — The defense attorney for Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday strongly contested an application by the prosecution to send the athlete to a state mental hospital for 30 days of psychiatric tests after a psychiatrist diagnosed him with an anxiety disorder. Barry Roux said there were no grounds to order […]

May 13, 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

Prosecutor Attacks Credibility Of Oscar Pistorius Expert Witness

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — An expert witness called by the defense team of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius testified about bullet wounds, blood spatter, bruises, ballistics, sound, light, fibers and a toilet door — but acknowledged Wednesday that he wasn’t a pathologist or ballistics expert and had no training in analyzing […]

April 16, 2014

Prosecutors Conclude Gruelling Pistorius Cross-Examination

Pretoria (AFP) – The prosecution completed its cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius Tuesday, ending five emotional days of intense interrogation that raised serious doubts about the star Paralympian’s version of what happened on the night he shot dead his model girlfriend. “I have nothing further for this witness,” said prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel, after relentless questioning […]

April 15, 2014

Prosecutor To Oscar Pistorius: ‘You killed Her…Take Responsibility’

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — Prosecutor Gerrie Nel launched an aggressive cross-examination Wednesday of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Nel pounced when Pistorius admitted that people around the world used to look up to him as a sporting hero until he […]

April 9, 2014

Oscar Pistorius testifies about ‘the moment that everything changed’

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — “That’s the moment that everything changed,” South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius testified in his murder trial Tuesday, describing the instant in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year when he said he heard the noise of a window opening in his bathroom, a few yards […]

April 8, 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

Prosecution In Oscar Pistorius Trial Wraps Up Its Case

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The prosecution concluded its murder case against South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday after introducing additional evidence on cellphones and messages. Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the door of an enclosed toilet at his home in the early hours of Valentine’s […]

March 25, 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 Trial: Ballistics Expert Details Steenkamp’s Final Moments

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The final, horrific moments in Reeva Steenkamp’s life came into focus Wednesday at the murder trial of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, as a ballistics expert offered graphic testimony on how she died. Ballistics expert Chris Mangena told the court that Steenkamp, Pistorius’ girlfriend, was […]

March 19, 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

Stolen Watch Taints Police In Pistorius Probe

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Police investigating the shooting of model and lawyer Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, had to open another investigation into themselves — over the theft of a valuable watch when only police were present, hours after she died. The embarrassing revelation that […]

March 14, 2014

Pistorius ‘Loved Weapons,’ Former Friend Testifies

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — In court testimony during the athlete’s murder trial Tuesday, a friend of South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius offered a portrait of a young man who “loved weapons” and shouted angrily at a policeman who picked up his gun and ejected a bullet from it. […]

March 11, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Retches As His Murder Trial Hears Autopsy Evidence

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius bent over in his seat and retched violently at his murder trial Monday as a pathologist graphically detailed the wounds that killed the double-amputee Olympic runner’s girlfriend. It was by all appearances a harrowing day for Pistorius, who is accused of the premeditated […]

March 10, 2014

Witness Says Pistorius Tried To Cover Up Gunshot In Restaurant

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to lie and take the blame after Pistorius accidentally fired a shot in a popular restaurant in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood last year, the Gauteng North High Court in South Africa heard Wednesday. Boxer Kevin Lerena was […]

March 5, 2014

Pistorius Murder Trial: Witness Recalls Loud Arguing Before Shots

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — A neighbor of Olympian Oscar Pistorius told the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday that she thought she heard a woman loudly arguing with someone the night the athlete shot dead his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. Estelle Van der Merwe, who lives less than 100 […]

March 4, 2014