South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius stands in the accused dock during his murder trial at North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on May 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Werner Beukes
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Oscar Pistorius will start a period of psychiatric evaluation at a government institution next week, a judge ruled on Tuesday as she postponed the star athlete's murder trial until June 30 .The panel will consist of three psychiatrists and a clinical psychologist, Masipa said.- The panel basically agrees with the defense witness, Dr. Merryll Vorster, who said Pistorius was able to distinguish between right and wrong but had the anxiety disorder, possibly bolstering Pistorius' argument that he was acting in "putative self-defense" because he feared his life was in danger from a perceived intruder.Judge Masipa said Tuesday that the panel should determine whether any mental illness may have affected Pistorius' capacity to be "criminally responsible" for killing Steenkamp.
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