A judge in South Africa has found double-amputee Oscar Pistorius not guilty of premeditated murder in the seven-month trial stemming from the shooting death of his girlfriend.

According to reports in the Wall Street Journal Judge Thokozile Masipa held that the death of 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp was not murder.

“There just aren’t enough facts to support such a finding,” Masipa said to a packed courtroom.

State prosecutors have argued that the incidentwhich led to his girlfriend’s shooting death on February 14, 2013 had been premeditated. After a verbal altercation with his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius fired several rounds from his 9mm pistol through a bathroom door, fatally striking her.

Written by Chris Eger
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