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Judge ruled Olympian not guilty of premeditated murder charges

Famous double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius, 27, was cleared of premeditated murder charges for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, Los Angeles Times reported on September 11.

Judge Thokozile Masipa accepted Pistorius’ argument that he was in a state of fear that there was a possible trespasser in his house when he fired a gun four times through the door of his bathroom, killing Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. Pistorius claimed that he believed Steenkamp was still in bed during the incident. Instead of premeditated murder, Pistorius is expected to be charged with negligent killing, which carries a lesser penalty. The verdict produced mixed opinions from various legal experts and the South African community; some doubt was garnered due to Pistorius’ poor (and sometimes dishonest) performance on the stand, but the judge was quick to remind the court that “untruthful evidence does not always justify the conclusion that the accused [is] guilty.”

Facing criminal charge like murder is serious. If you are in such situation in Houston, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at the Law Offices of Kyle Sampson today at (713) 337-1420.


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