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Verdict in Pistorius Trial Scheduled for 9/11

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After hearing final arguments from the prosecution and the defense, the judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius says she will give a verdict on September 11. (Aug. 8)

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Pretoria, South Africa - August 8, 2014

1. Wide of Oscar Pistorius arriving at Pretoria High Court accompanied by his relatives

2. Wide of Judge Thokozile Masipa entering court

3. Wide of court sitting down

4. Mid of Judge Masipa at bench

5. Mid of Pistorius sitting in court

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Barry Roux, Defense Lawyer for Pistorius (Transcript Below)

7. Tight of Pistorius sitting in court

8. Mid of Judge Masipa at bench

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Barry Roux, Defense Lawyer for Pistorius (Transcript Below)

10. Wide of Judge Masipa sitting at bench

11. Wide of Pistorius sitting in court

12. Wide of court

13. Wide of Judge Masipa and court bowing as court is adjourned

14. Mid of Pistorius exiting courthouse

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

THE JUDGE IN THE MURDER TRIAL OF OSCAR PISTORIUS SAYS SHE WILL GIVE A VERDICT ON SEPTEMBER 11th.

JUDGE MASIPA MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AFTER TWO DAYS OF CLOSING ARGUMENTS.

THE DEFENSE TEAM ARGUED FRIDAY THAT THE DOUBLE-AMPUTEE ATHLETE'S DISABILITY MADE HIM VULNERABLE AND ANXIOUS THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE.

SOUNDBITE (English) Barry Roux, Defense lawyer for Oscar Pistorius:

"You are a little boy without legs, you experience daily that disability and the effect of this. You experience daily that you cannot run away, I'm not talking about abuse here, you know I cannot run away, I cannot run away, I don't have a flight response."

AND THIS ANXIETY LED PISTORIUS TO BELIEVE HE WAS IN DANGER WHEN HE KILLED GIRLFRIEND REEVA STEENKAMP LAST YEAR.

SOUNDBITE (English) Barry Roux, Defense lawyer for Oscar Pistorius:

"If you are anxious and if you are vulnerable and if you have the slow burn effect you don't go to bed and can't sleep. You lie awake. But the moment you confront it with danger or perceived danger it comes to the fore."

ON THURSDAY, THE PROSECUTION URGED THE JUDGE TO DISMISS PISTORIUS' ENTIRE STORY AS AN ELABORATE LIE AND TO CONVICT HIM OF PREMEDITATED MURDER, A CHARGE THAT CARRIES A SENTENCE OF 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON.

SOUTH AFRICA DOES NOT HAVE TRIAL BY JURY, SO THE ATHLETE'S FATE WILL BE DECIDED BY THE JUDGE.

PISTORIUS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO MURDER AS WELL AS THREE SEPARATE FIREARM CHARGES.

MATTHEW BURGOYNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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