Reports: Pistorius not mentally ill during killing

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Oscar Pistorius is seated inside a courtroom in Pretoria, South Africa, June 30, 2014. The murder trial of Pistorius resumed Monday,  after one month during which mental health experts evaluated the athlete to determine if he has an anxiety disorder that could have influenced his actions on the night he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Ihsaan Haffejee, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius is seated inside a courtroom in Pretoria, South Africa, June 30, 2014. The murder trial of Pistorius resumed Monday, after one month during which mental health experts evaluated the athlete to determine if he has an anxiety disorder that could have influenced his actions on the night he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Ihsaan Haffejee, Pool)

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 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. He 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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