Sep 12, 2014 3:45 AM

Judge reads conclusions in Pistorius murder trial

The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) The South African judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has resumed explaining her reasoning behind her upcoming verdicts in the case against the double-amputee Olympian.

Judge Thokozile Masipa read her conclusions for a second day Friday after saying there was not enough evidence to support a murder conviction for Pistorius' killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp in his home. He said he mistook her for an intruder, while the prosecution said he killed her intentionally after an argument.

The judge has said that Pistorius was negligent, which could lead to a conviction for culpable homicide, or a negligent killing. The sentence for such a crime is at the judge's discretion, and it can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to years in prison.


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