Celebrated Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of premeditated murder. Judge Thokozile Masipa began delivering her statement about the verdict around 3:30 a.m. EST this morning. She doesn’t believe that prosecutors proved their claim of premeditation, but she also doesn’t necessarily think Pistorius is innocent.
In South African court, the judge has to explain her entire thought process which is why it takes so long for the official verdict to be made, which will be given tomorrow. Although Pistorius is not guilty of premeditation (which was a stretch to prove anyway based on the public facts about the case), Pistorius may still be found guilty of culpable homicide or manslaughter or the firearm charges he’s facing. A final verdict has not been reached yet, so he still may go to prison.
The official verdict will be handed down tomorrow. It is basically a waiting game to see if Pistorius will pay for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
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