Oscar Pistorius Murder Case Trial: ‘Blade Runner’ Mentally Sound During Killing Of Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp? Anxiety Disorder Not Proven

Oscar Pistorius murder case trial continues with the former Olympian's defense suffering a major blow as the psych evaluation did not prove that he suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder in relation to the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

"Mr. Pistorius did not suffer from a mental illness or defect that would have rendered him criminally not responsible for the offence charged," state prosecutor Gerrie Nel read the report, according to BBC.

The prosecutor then said that the psych evaluation report only proved that the Oscar Pistorius murder case trial can continue because the "Blade Runner" was of sound mind when he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, to death in their house.

Oscar Pistorius was ordered to submit himself for evaluation at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in South Africa for one month after the defense claimed that he suffered from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and couldn't tell right from wrong.

The news wire agency, Agence France Presse, reported that Judge Thokozile Masipa has not yet fully read the report since receiving it Monday morning, but both the prosecution and the defense did not contest the evaluation results.

South Africa's Independent revealed that prosecutor Gerrie Nel noted the psych evaluation concluding that Oscar Pistorius was "capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act."

The publication said that Oscar Pistorius can face 25 years to life in jail if found guilty of premeditated murder for the death of the 29-year-old model.

Earlier, Marisa Guthrie wrote for Hollywood Reporter that the Oscar Pistorius murder case trial has some similarities with the O.J. Simpson case.

"Like O.J. Simpson, Oscar Pistorius is a famous athlete who rose to the pinnacle of his sport," she wrote.

"Similar to the Simpson trial in the U.S., the prosecution of Pistorius - the first trial to be televised live in South Africa - has become a national fascination. The country's top cable provider last March launched a 24-hour channel dedicated to the trial," she added.

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