November 2015

Judges weigh murder charge for Pistorius

Five South African judges are considering the fate of Oscar Pistorius after a November 3 hearing in the Supreme Court of 
Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Prosecutors for the state claimed Pistorius should have been convicted of murder rather than culpable homicide for killing Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.

The defense continued to maintain the double amputee and former athlete—who was released October 19 from prison to house arrest after serving one year of his five-year term—feared for his life as he fired a gun through a closed bathroom door at a person he thought was an intruder.

If the panel, which is expected to announce its verdict by the end of year, finds Pistorius guilty of murder, he could return to prison for a minimum of 15 years.

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