Oscar Pistorius to learn when psychiatric evaluation will start

By Michelle Kapusta,

Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius is due back in court on Tuesday to learn when his 30-day psychiatric evaluation will begin.

The New York Daily News reported that Pistorius will report to court so that Judge Thokozile Masipa can let him know the time-table of when he will be evaluated. The judge could rule that the athlete be checked immediately or at a much later date which will delay the trial proceedings even more.

The break for the mental evaluation will be the second lengthy delay in the trial that started on March 3 and was thought to only last a of couple weeks.

Pistorius’ defense team called Dr. Merryll Vorster to the stand last week. The psychiatrist said that she believed the double-amputee suffered from anxiety, which may have contributed to his actions the night he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

After Vorster’s testimony, the prosecution requested that Pistorius undergo a full psychiatric evaluation. The judge granted the request the following day.

The sprint-runner is accused of intentionally murdering his girlfriend after they had an argument in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. Pistorius, however, contends that he only shot the model after mistaking her for an intruder.

He has plead not guilty to premeditated murder and weapon charges.

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