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Oscar Pistorius trial could be delayed 30 days for psychological evaluation

Reeva Steemkamp and Oscar Pistorius.....Olympian shot and killed girlfriend.
Reeva Steemkamp and Oscar Pistorius.....Olympian shot and killed girlfriend.

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial may be delayed 30 days if the judge grants a motion made by the prosecution today, Tuesday, May 13 to order him evaluated by medical experts, according to CNN. The judge adjourned the court for the rest of the day and said she will make a ruling Wednesday on the request made in the middle of the trial, according to the London Daily Mirror.

The mental issue was raised Monday by a psychiatrist who testified for the defense that the Olympian was suffering from "general anxiety disorder." The expert witness testified all the way back to Pistorius childhood as to effect the amputation of his legs had on his mind.

Pistorius, who is nicknamed the "Bladerunner" because he runs on two fiberglass attachments, has admitted he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on Sept 29, 2013 in his home. Steenkamp was a glamorous model and law school graduate.

Pistorius, 27, has claimed he thought she was an intruder when he shot and killed her in the bathroom of the mansion.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who said she will rule tomorrow, gave no hint as to what that ruling would be. If she grants prosecutor Gerrie Nel's motion, Pistorius would undergo a 30 day psychiatric examination. However, the trial could be delayed much longer than that because his tests would have to be scheduled.

One would think in a trial of this magnitude, someone in the bureaucracy of South Africa could schedule his testing almost immediately. But as everyone knows, bureaucrats have been compared to turtles in regard to their speed.

Defense attorney Barry Roux opposed the state's motion.

The star athlete and national hero said he and his girlfriend had been asleep in bed at the time he was awakened in the middle of the night. He said he thought Reeva was still asleep beside him when he grabbed his gun and fired into the bathroom where she actually was.

The defense is claiming it was a mistake and not murder.

Psychiatrist Merryll Vorster testified Monday that the Olympian had an excessive concern about security based on several reasons. One of those reasons was when he had his legs amputated below the knees when he was 11 months old. Vorster said Pistorius would have considered that a "traumatic assault" because he wouldn't understand what had happened to him.

Vorster also said Pistorius reaction to fear was to face it rather than to flee which caused him to go to the bathroom where he heard noises and fire shots. Vorster also said Pistorius suffered security concerns because of friendships lacking depth and short term sexual relationships.

The expert for the defense also said a person with Pistorius mental condition shouldn't have firearms.

It is understandable the prosecution would want to have its own expert examine the defendant with the mental issues being raised.

South Africa doesn't have the death penalty, although he could receive anywhere from 15 years to life in prison.

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