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Oscar Pistorius to undergo psychiatric evaluation, trial delayed

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Oscar Pistorius will undergo psychiatric evaluation, delaying his murder trial, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled Wednesday.

Masipa granted an application from the prosecution that Pistorius be placed under mental observation, citing South African law after a forensic psychiatrist testifed that he had an anxiety disorder. The disorder may have played a role in his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and could affect the judge’s verdict.

“I’m persuaded that the requirement of a reasonable possibility has been met,” said Masipa, who did not outline a specific length for the evaluation. “A referral inevitably means more delays in finalizing this matter, but this is not about anyone’s convenience but rather about whether justice has been served.”

Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, said he thought an intruder was locked inside his bathroom when he shot four times through a locked door, hitting and killing Steenkamp inside on Valentine’s Day 2013. He has not claimed he was mentally incapacitated at the time.

He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder. If not found guilty of premeditated murder, Pistorius could be convicted of culpable homicide, South Africa’s version of manslaughter for negligent killing.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Merryll Vorster testified Monday that Pistorius had generalized anxiety disorder, based off two interviews with him earlier this month.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel cited Section 78 of South Africa’s Criminal Procedure Act in applying for Pistorius to undergo psychiatric evaluation. The law states:

(1) A person who commits an act or makes an omission which constitutes an
offence and who at the time of such commission or omission suffers from a mental
illness or mental defect which makes him or her incapable-
(a) of appreciating the wrongfulness of his or her act or omission; or
(b) of acting in accordance with an appreciation of the wrongfulness of his
or her act or omission,
shall not be criminally responsible for such act or omission.

The defense argued that Pistorius’ general anxiety disorder is not a mental illness applicable in the cited law, though it’s clear from the law he could be acquitted if found not criminally responsible for shooting Steenkamp due to mental illness.

“The effect of the evidence is that a doubt has been created that the accused [Pistorius] may possibly have another defense relating to his criminal responsibility,” Masipa said. “There is also a possibility that there may be diminished criminal responsibility.”

Masipa called her ruling an “integral part of a fair trial” and said the specific order will be handed down Tuesday.

Pistorius stood with his hands clasped, wavering slightly, as Masipa spoke for 15 minutes before issuing her ruling.

Masipa said it would be preferable for Pistorius to be an outpatient as he undergoes the psychiatric evaluation.

“The aim of referral is not to punish the accused twice,” she said.

The trial that began March 3 and has taken multiple breaks is now 32 days old.

Here’s NBC News’ full coverage of the trial.

Michael Phelps does signature warm-up before golf tournament (video)

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 27:  Swimmer Michael Phelps of the United States stretches before hitting off the first tee during the 2016 Ryder Cup Celebrity Matches at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 27, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Before swimming races, Michael Phelps is known for swinging his arms wildly to loosen his limbs.

He utilized the same warm-up prior to his first tee shot at the Celebrity Match for the 2016 Ryder Cup on Tuesday.

Phelps was partnered with surfer Kelly Slater. The pair defeated former sprinter John Regis and former tennis player Martina Navratilova, as the U.S. celebrities dominated the Europeans 14-0 over a 9-hole scramble at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

Phelps appeared to have fun with the crowd, telling fans that he planned on using one of his 23 Olympic gold medals as a ball marker. He also heard “2020” chants from fans who want him to compete at the Tokyo Games.

“That was pretty funny, because it’s not happening,” Phelps said to RyderCup.com.

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Usain Bolt beats James Corden, Owen Wilson in race (video)

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James Corden, the host of the “The Late Late Show,” challenged Usain Bolt and actor Owen Wilson to a 100m race.

Not surprisingly, Bolt, who owns the world record in the event, crossed the finish line first (VIDEO).

The appearance was a part of Bolt’s media tour, which moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles on Tuesday.

He also appeared on “The Ellen Show,” and Ellen DeGeneres asked Bolt his girlfriend. He said that his mother wants him to get married, but he would rather “give it some time.” DeGeneres then asked if his girlfriend was pushing him to “put a ring on it.”

“She might be thinking it, you never know,” he said (VIDEO). “But she’s not saying it, so that’s good.”

Bolt also interacted several celebrities in Los Angeles. After meeting David Beckham, he posed with the rapper Drake.

What a time to be alive @champagnepapi 🤘🏿🤘🏿👌👌

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