The verdict will mark the end of a five-month trial
The judge in Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial will issue a verdict in the Olympic runner’s case on September 11, the Associated Press reports. The verdict will mark the end of a five-month trial that has captured the attention of people around the world and turned an inspirational athlete into an embattled killer.
Pistorius was charged with shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February 2013. During the trial, Pistorius admitted to shooting Steenkamp, but he claimed he had mistaken her for an intruder.
Both sides wrapped up their closing arguments this week. Judge Thokozile Masipa, whose personal story and trailblazing attitude has added to interest in the case, said it will take her a month to review the evidence and come to a decision.
Pistorius thanked those who stuck with him throughout the trial in a tweet shortly following the trial’s closing:
Thank you to my loved ones and those that have been there for me, who have picked me up and helped me through everything.—
Oscar Pistorius (@OscarPistorius) August 08, 2014