PRETORIA, South Africa — The Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of the two gravest murder charges against him.
But, breaking for lunch on Thursday after a morning of sometimes unbearable suspense that left Mr. Pistorius heaving with sobs, the judge in the case, Thokozile Matilda Masipa, kept open the possibility that Mr. Pistorius might still be found guilty of a lesser charge, culpable homicide.
Calmly and coolly taking up piece after piece of evidence, dismissing some, discounting others, offering practical interpretations of still more, Judge Masipa said that although Mr. Pistorius made a poor and evasive witness, she found large parts of his story credible. Most significantly, she said it seemed — or at least that the prosecution had been unable to prove otherwise — that when he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, through a bathroom door in February 2013, Mr. Pistorius genuinely believed that intruders had broken into his home and were hiding in the bathroom at the time.
Sitting in a wooden dock in a dark suit, white shirt and black tie, Mr. Pistorius slumped forward and sobbed as the judge spoke
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