Psych Eval Rules Pistorius Wasn’t Mentally Ill When He Shot His Girlfriend

Jun 30, 2014

A psychiatric evaluation has determined that former Paralympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius was mentally capable when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

The high-profile murder trial in South Africa will resume after a month-long break, which allowed the assessment to take place.

The new development is a blow for the 27-year-old's legal team, as it undermines earlier expert testimony for the defense that an anxiety disorder may have affected their client's actions that night.

If convicted, Pistorius could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years.

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