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Pistorius Trial to Resume Monday After Psychiatric Tests

FILE - Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) arrives ahead of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, May 13, 2014.FILE - Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) arrives ahead of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, May 13, 2014.
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FILE - Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) arrives ahead of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, May 13, 2014.
FILE - Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) arrives ahead of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, May 13, 2014.
VOA News

The murder trial of South African runner Oscar Pistorius resumes Monday after a month of mental evaluations to determine if an anxiety disorder could have influenced his actions the night he killed his girlfriend.

The presiding judge is expected to receive reports from the three psychiatrists and one clinical psychologist who tested the Olympic athlete. 

The evaluation was ordered after a psychiatrist testified for the defense that Pistorius had an anxiety disorder that could have contributed to the killing of Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of February 14, 2013. 

Pistorius has claimed he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot her through a bathroom door.

The prosecutor has charged that Pistorius killed the 29-year-old model after an argument.

Pistorius is known as the "blade runner" for his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs.  He was the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics at the 2012 games in London.

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by: Christopher P. Lo Pinto from: United States
June 29, 2014 11:17 PM
What happens when the judge dies of old age before the "trial" is over? No one in South Africa has any idea of what justice is, to begin with. Whatever the verdict is, we know that the truth has nothing ro do with the outcome.

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