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Mental health experts: Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- A panel of mental health experts has concluded that Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year, the chief prosecutor at the athlete's murder trial said Monday.

Pistorius' trial resumed after a break of one month during which a psychologist and three psychiatrists also assessed whether the double-amputee runner was capable of understanding the wrongfulness of his act when he shot Steenkamp through a closed toilet door.

Pistorius Trial Set To Resume Following Mental Evaluation

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.

The evaluation came after a psychiatrist, Dr. Merryll Vorster, testified for the defense that Pistorius, who has said he feels vulnerable because of his disability and long-held worry about crime, had an anxiety disorder that could have contributed to the killing in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. He testified that he opened fire after mistakenly thinking there was a dangerous intruder in the toilet.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has alleged that Pistorius, 27, killed Steenkamp after a Valentine's Day argument, and has portrayed the Olympic athlete as a hothead with a love of guns and an inflated sense of entitlement. But he requested an independent inquiry into Pistorius' state of mind, based on concern the defense would argue Pistorius was not guilty because of mental illness.

Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if found guilty of premeditated murder, and could also face years in prison if convicted of murder without premeditation or negligent killing. He is free on bail.

Pistorius was evaluated as an outpatient at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, the South African capital. He has been staying at the upscale home of his uncle.

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dondemaria June 30 2014 at 6:44 AM

He is not mentally ill--just an arrogant dumbass with a sense of entitlement.

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skerryc dondemaria June 30 2014 at 8:28 AM

You hit it right on the nail, pal. Dumbass abuser!!!!

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cruiser94 dondemaria June 30 2014 at 12:26 PM

Must have watched the "OJ "trial", hu?

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dawns6 June 30 2014 at 6:15 AM

He knew darn well who was in the bathroom at the time when they where arguing she was hiding from him and he shot and killed her .Point Blank

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Sharon June 30 2014 at 6:03 AM

he did it, he meant to do it. No more dramatics.
Trial over.
Life it is.

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Phyllis June 30 2014 at 7:20 AM

Hollywood should offer him an acting job if he gets off of the charges against him, he certainly has put on an Oscar performance. I believe him to be guilty as sin.

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Nancy Phyllis June 30 2014 at 8:56 AM

Good Pun. Offer Oscar and oscar.

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snhhert Nancy June 30 2014 at 10:08 AM

Plenty of oscars in prison to share.

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brachm5 Phyllis June 30 2014 at 10:56 AM

"all the world's a stage and all the people merely players on it" guilty.

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grk1951 June 30 2014 at 6:33 AM

I think that he Killed her because he was losing her, and he did not want anybody else to have her.

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Carl grk1951 June 30 2014 at 6:42 AM

Totally agree!

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ginny0426 grk1951 June 30 2014 at 5:33 PM

Yes, stupid arrogant male mentality

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npaleorelic June 30 2014 at 7:12 AM

He is milking it out for every last drop to avoid the inevtiable as long as he can. Plus, the longer it goes increases his chances of softening his guilt and sentence. He's a celebrity with fame and fortune and he has a chance to escape the maximum penalties

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hman570 June 30 2014 at 7:07 AM

Seems his government is just as bad as ours when it comes to trying to find him gulity or not. He is as julity as sin and yet his trial goes on and on.

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musomesa hman570 June 30 2014 at 8:20 AM

Better too slow than too fast.

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Tonja musomesa June 30 2014 at 11:28 AM

I agree musomena!

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skerryc June 30 2014 at 8:26 AM

Hope he spends the rest of his life in prision.

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JRivers skerryc June 30 2014 at 10:50 AM

I'm surprised they didn't find him to suffer from some mental illness, because it would have given them an "out." If Pistorious is sent to prison they won't want him to have prosthetics because they could be used as a weapon. But without them he will quickly become a victim of murder in the night. If anything happens to him in prison South Africa will feel it reflects badly on them. On the other hand they don't want to be seen treating him "special." A mental illness find would have let them committ him to an institution for the rest of his life and probably avoid the pitfall of his death or serous injury in prison or else getting special treatment.

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Tonja JRivers June 30 2014 at 11:34 AM

I am sure that Pissofftorius will be given special treatment if he is sent to prison. And the "they" that you mention are mental health/medical professionals. Why are you surprised if they find that he does NOT suffer from mental illnes?? Most cold blooded killers do NOT. Remember, they are not Americans, so again, why the surprise?

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jcraft757 June 30 2014 at 7:02 AM

What a staggering, and, unfortunate waste of, unimaginable good fortune, and, opportunity? Such a waste, unbelievable!

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conndeerhunter June 30 2014 at 7:56 AM

Don't they have an "afluenza" plea in South Africa, like we do in the USA? Shouldn't he be found not guilty because he's wealthy, like we do in this country?

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