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Mental Health Experts: Oscar Pistorius Not Mentally ill

Updated: 06/30/2014 8:20 AM
Created: 06/30/2014 8:11 AM WDIO.com

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - A panel of mental health experts says Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year.

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

The evaluation came after psychiatrist Dr. Merryll Vorster testified for the defense that Pistorius had an anxiety disorder that could have contributed to the killing in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. Pistorius testified that he opened fire after mistakenly thinking there was an intruder in the toilet.

Prosecutors say Pistorius killed Steenkamp after a Valentine's Day argument.

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