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Oscar Pistorius Guilty in the Murder of Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius guilty in the murder of Reeva Steenkamp by the South African appeals court,  upgrading the verdict from the lower courts ruling of manslaughter to murder.

Karen DeSoto appeared on various shows throughout the Pistorius trial explaining the legal implications of the evidence and the tactics by the prosecution and defense teams.

Pistorius — known as the blade runner — has already served a year of his sentence under house arrest, but the new charges now carry a minimum sentence of 15 years.

According to an article in the NY Times “The appeals court sided with state prosecutors on central points, saying that the manslaughter conviction, technically called culpable homicide, had been based on a misinterpretation of laws and an erroneous dismissal of circumstantial evidence.”

Watch the court ruling here:

 

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