Pistorius Not Guilty of Murder: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Paralympic hero turned disgraced killer Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot dead last year on Valentine’s Day.

The bombshell verdict has left many in disbelief and comes amid outrage over the Ray Rice video, another domestic violence incident involving a world famous athlete.

Here’s what we know so far. Stay tuned for updates.

1. He Didn’t ‘Intend’ to Kill Steenkamp

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Pistorius leaving the High Court. (Getty)

Pistorius was acquitted of all murder charges: premeditated and second-degree. Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled the prosecution did not prove that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp when he fired four bullets through a bathroom door, killing his girlfriend.

2. He May Still Face a ‘Culpable Homicide’ Conviction

The judge did find him “negligent,” and a full verdict, postponed for one day, will likely rule him guilty on lesser charges, possibly including culpable homicide. According to the judge, “a reasonable person” wouldn’t have fired four shots into the bathroom. She added that the Blade Runner acted “too hastily.”

3. We Had More Tears From the ‘Blade Runner’

Oscar Pistorius Is Tried For The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Pistorius, who has been emotional throughout the trial — even vomiting on multiple occasions — broke down in tears upon learning he would not be guilty of murder. The judge solidifying his innocence on murder charges said that the prosecutions case was “purely circumstantial.”

4. The Judge Said ‘Human Beings are Fallible’

The judge discounted testimony of neighbors who said they heard Pistorius and Steenkamp fighting on the same night she was killed, saying “human beings are fallible.” Pistorius has claimed that he believed there was an intruder in the bathroom, and that he didn’t intend to fire his weapon but shot without thinking.

5. The Verdict Was Decided by the Judge

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There is no jury in South African trials, it’s been that way since a 1969 government act.

During the trial, one of the two amici, who assist the judge, Thokozile Masipa, in the verdict, fell ill and was excused.