#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA(Pretoria) – September 11 – State prosecutors have failed to prove that Oscar Pistorius is guilty of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the South African judge handling the case said Thursday as part of an ongoing verdict being delivered in a courtroom in Pretoria USA Today reported.
Judge Thokozile Masipa, not a jury, is deciding the verdict.
During the trial, prosecutors said the shooting took place on Feb. 14, 2013, after the couple had an argument.
If Pistorius has been found guilty of premeditated murder he could have received 25 years in jail.
However, Pistorius, 27, denied any argument took place. He claimed he thought Steenkamp was in bed and that he accidentally shot her through the bathroom door, mistakenly believing there was an intruder in his home.
At his bail hearing last year, Pistorius said in a statement read by his lawyer that after he realized he had shot Steenkamp, he pulled on his prosthetic legs and tried to kick down the toilet door before finally giving up and bashing it in with a cricket bat. Inside, he said he found Steenkamp, 29, slumped over but still alive. He said he lifted her bloodied body and carried her downstairs to seek medical help.
Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner, competed at the 2012 Olympics on specially designed prosthetic legs.
Contributing: The Associated Press