Mental health experts: Oscar Pistorius not mentally ill during killing

Monday June 30th, 2014

The chief prosecutor in the trial of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius said mental health experts concluded Pistorius was not mentally ill when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year, reports the Associated Press.

The prosecutor said that the experts felt that Pistorius was "capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act."

Pistorius' trial resumed Monday after a month-long break, after which he was evaluated by a psychologist and three psychiatrists as an outpatient at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria.

Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder and faces 25 years to life in prison if found guilty of killing Steenkamp during the early morning hours of Feb. 14, 2013.

A defense psychiatrist said Pistorius had an anxiety disorder that could have contributed to the killing, and that statement led to the evaluation. However, prosecutors say Pistorius, 27, killed his girlfriend after an argument and say that Pistorius has a love of guns and a sense of entitlement.

More from the AP:

The panel's reports were submitted to Judge Thokozile Masipa, and prosecutor Gerrie Nel referred to key parts of the conclusions, noting that the experts believed Pistorius was "capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act" when he killed Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model.

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