Olympic and Paralympic track athlete Oscar Pistorius becomes emotional during his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria, in this April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Themba Hadebe/Pool
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"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius appears in court on Thursday to face judgement over the killing of his model girlfriend, ending a six-month trial that turned the amputee's private life into a global spectacle.Judge Thokozile Masipa's ruling on charges of murder and three firearms offences will likely be laid out in two days of careful legal argument and then a final verdict, perhaps on Friday.Judge Masipa will begin proceedings by evaluating the evidence of each of the witnesses in turn, all the while careful to evoke strong case law and limit cause for appeal.Unlike the legendary live-television trial 20 years ago of US football hero OJ Simpson, who was controversially acquitted by a jury, Masipa is assisted only by two assessors.She may decide that Pistorius is innocent, or that the state has not done enough to prove its case, resulting in an acquittal.
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