Defense rests in Oscar Pistorius trial

Tuesday July 8th, 2014

Lawyers for Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius rested their case in the South African's murder trial on Tuesday after calling final witnesses.

Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if he is found guilty of premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He could also be given a lesser term if he is convicted of negligent killing or murder without premeditation.

Pistorius' trial resumed last week after a month-long break, after which he was evaluated by a psychologist and three psychiatrists. Mental health experts concluded Pistorius was not mentally ill during the killing. 

According to the Associated Press, final arguments are slated for Aug. 7-8.

Prosecutors have said Pistorius, 27, killed his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013 after an argument. Pistorius said he killed Steenkamp by accident, thinking she was an intruder who was about to attack him. 

More from the AP:

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the prosecution will file closing arguments on July 30 and the defense will do so on Aug. 4. 

Additionally, he faces separate gun-related charges. Pistorius, who competed at the 2012 London Olympics, was born without fibulas, the slender bones that run from below the knee to the ankle. Part of his lower legs were amputated when he was 11 months old.

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