A South African appeals court has convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder, overturning a lower court’s conviction of the double-amputee Olympian on the lesser charge of manslaughter for shooting his girlfriend to death in 2013. (Dec. 3)
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee sprinter, has been found guilty of murder in a case described by an appeals court judge as “a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.”
The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein ruled Thursday that Pistorius’s conviction for culpable homicide (similar to manslaughter) in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp will be replaced by a murder conviction. The case has been sent back to the trial court for sentencing.
Barry Steenkamp, Reeva’s father, said after the verdict: “It’s a big relief. I feel it’s a fair decision that the judge gave,” before breaking down in tears.
But this might not be the end of the Pistorius trial drama. Some legal experts have…