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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

What Was Oscar Pistorius Thinking When He Fired The Gun?

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — What was Oscar Pistorius thinking? For all the minute testimony in the South African athlete’s murder trial — about dents in a door made by a cricket bat, positions of curtains, power cords, and duvets in his bedroom, the forensics of bullet wounds — Pistorius’ […]

August 4, 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

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

Pistorius Admits ‘No Reason’ To Fire Fatal Shots

Pretoria (AFP) – In a pummelling cross-examination, the prosecution called Oscar Pistorius’s account of killing his girlfriend “impossible” on Thursday, zeroing in on apparent inconsistencies in key parts of his testimony. “Your version is so improbable that nobody would ever think it’s reasonably, possibly true it’s so impossible,” Prosecutor Gerrie Nel thundered during his second […]

April 10, 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

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

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

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

Ex-Girlfriend Tells Of Pistorius’ Gun Use

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — Samantha Taylor, blond with dark eyeliner, cut a slight, nervous figure on the witness stand Friday in Pretoria’s High Court. Taylor, who began dating South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in 2011 at age 17, broke down weeping several times when asked in court about breaking […]

March 7, 2014