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Judge Adjourns Pistorius Trial Without Verdict: ‘Legal Minds Seem Baffled’

Judge Thokozile Masipa vacated the charge of premeditated murder against Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius Thursday, but adjourned the trial before rendering a verdict on culpable homicide (basically manslaughter), causing confusion among spectators. The court is in recess until Friday.

Masipa said that Pistorius had “failed the reasonable man” test, arguing that such reasonable man “would have foreseen if he fired shots at the door, the person inside the toilet might be struck and die as a result.”

“All the accused had to do was to pick up his cell phone to call security or the police,” Masipa said. “He could have run to the balcony and screamed in the same way he had screamed after the incident.”

Masipa’s comments appeared to set up the culpable homicide charge, but the judge broke before issuing the actual verdict. Via Mandy Wiener, who’s reporting the trial for Eyewitness News:

Prosecutors have accused Pistorius of murdering girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013; Pistorius argued that he thought Steenkamp was a burglar.

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