Pistorius Was Mentally Fit at Shooting

    South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius talks to his defence lawyer Barry Roux (L) during his murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria June 30, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Ihsaan Haffejee/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW ATHLETICS) - RTR3WE38

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    A court-ordered psychiatric evaluation has delivered a major blow to Oscar Pistorius’ defense team. A panel of mental-health experts submitted a report to Judge Thokozile Masipa definitively stating “Mr. Pistorius did not suffer from a mental illness or defect that would have rendered him criminally not responsible for the offense charged.” The defense claimed that Pistorius was suffering from an anxiety disorder when he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine’s Day 2013. The former Olympian was deemed “capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act.” Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison.

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