Oscar Pistorius Trial: Latest Details, Comments and Sentence Date

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2016

Oscar Pistorius appears in the High Court, for sentencing proceedings, Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. An appeals court found Pistorius guilty of murder, and not culpable homicide, for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (Kim Ludbrook/Pool Photo via AP)
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Former Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius appeared in South African court Wednesday, and on July 6 he will receive sentencing for his conviction of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. 

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Judge Thokozile Masipa officially adjourned the case Wednesday after arguments from the defense and prosecution.

Pistorius was initially found guilty of culpable homicide after shooting and killing Steenkamp through a bathroom door, but that decision was overturned last year and changed to a murder conviction.

The double-amputee removed his prostheses and walked around the courtroom on his stumps Wednesday, as seen in this video courtesy of Sky News:

Defense attorney Barry Roux argued the court should take into account Pistorius' disability and the state he was in at the time of Steenkamp's death during sentencing.

The prosecution requested the minimum murder sentence of 15 years in prison, while the defense believes he should be allowed to work with children instead.

Pistorius and the defense team have argued that he thought he was shooting an intruder, but prosecutor Gerrie Nel believes neither that nor his disability should impact his sentencing, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com): "He intended to shoot someone in the bathroom. He did. Pity will play no role in the sentence."

Pistorius previously served less than a year in prison due to the culpable homicide conviction, and he is under house arrest until he receives his new sentence.

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