File - In this Monday, July 7, 2014 Oscar Pistorius leaves court in Pretoria, South Africa in his ongoing murder trail.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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Masipa can interrogate prosecutor Gerrie Nel and chief defense lawyer Barry Roux on their explanations for the killing and evidence in the court record, which amounts to thousands of pages.Because South Africa has no trial by jury, Masipa will decide with the help of two legal assistants if Pistorius committed murder, is guilty of a negligent killing, or if he made a tragic error and should be acquitted.Trial witnesses included Pistorius' neighbors, friends, an ex-girlfriend, his agent and his physician, as well as a long list of forensic and ballistic specialists.The trial was postponed for a month while Pistorius was examined at a state mental facility.Nel and Roux will have to summarize weeks of sometimes complex testimony into a convincing final explanation lasting just a few hours, according to former prosecutor Welch.
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