Oscar Pistorius ordered to undergo evaluation for mental illness

May 14, 2014 6:31 AM

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The judge overseeing the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has ordered the double-amputee athlete to undergo psychiatric tests, meaning that the trial proceedings will be delayed.

Today's decision by the judge followed a request for a psychiatric evaluation by the chief prosecutor, who had said he had no option but to ask for it after an expert witness for the defense testified that Pistorius had an anxiety disorder that may have played a role when he fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius says he killed Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013 by mistake, thinking there was an intruder in his home. The prosecution says the Olympic runner killed her after an argument.


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