Oscar Pistorius Case Analysis

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On February 14, 2013, South African Olympian, Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The incident took place at their home in South Africa, where Steenkamp was hiding in the bathroom, when three out of the four shots hit her. Pistorius claims that it was an act of self defense, mistaking Steenkamp as an intruder. During his trial, experts questioned the Mental Health of Pistorius. Steenkamp parents added that he had a history of anger problems and breakdowns during the relationship. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide and is no one house arrest while he awaits his new case. With an appeal made from the prosecutors, a new trial is in process where Pistorius’ conviction of Manslaughter can be…show more content…
Culpable Homicide is the illegal killing of a person with or without an intention to kill. Criminal Homicide is when someone take the life of another, regardless of intent or other details surrounding the incident (Moreland, 125). Homicide is not always charged as a crime. There Justifiable Homicide, this when killings are authorized by the law, like execution. There is also Excusable Homicide, the killing in a case of self defense. Homicide ranges from involuntary manslaughter to first degree murder. Homicide and Murder differ from each other based off the force of the offender.
Murder is the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another (Dictionary). To have thought up or drawn out a plan to kill another human, this is intentional, unlawful is the courts definition of Murder. Premeditated is having the intention to kill someone or inflict very serious
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There is no evidence proving that he knew his girlfriend was in the bathroom. Second Degree Murder is the intention to kill with out planning ahead. I believe that was Pistorius goal to kill and he should be charged with Second Degree Murder (Moreland, 129).
Another plea that Pistorius tried to make was Mental Insanity. Mental Insanity means that the defendant was not in the right state of mind when the crime occurred and should not be held morally responsible for there action and behavior. Although this would not get the defendant out of jail, as they would be sent to a mental health institution. They also can be in the mental institution longer rather then if you were found guilty and sentenced to a prison term. In addition, to get out of a mental institution the defendant must prove to a judge that they are no longer legally insane (Hodgins,

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