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Oscar Pistorius verdict changes to murder in appeals court

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Oscar Pistorius has been convicted of murder by an appeals court.

JOHANNESBURG — A South African appeals court has convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder, overturning a lower court’s conviction of the double-amputee Olympian on the lesser charge of manslaughter for shooting his girlfriend to death in 2013.

Justice Lorimer Leach of the Supreme Court of Appeal delivered the ruling by the five-judge appeals court Thursday in Bloemfontein and said the trial court, the North Gauteng High Court, should impose sentence.

Pistorius killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early morning of Valentine’s Day. He insisted he thought she was an intruder behind a door in his home. The prosecution said Pistorius shot Steenkamp during an argument.

Leach said regardless of who might have behind the door, Pistorius should have known someone could be killed if he fired.

The 29-year-old was originally convicted of manslaughter for shooting Reeva Steenkamp (left) through a toilet door in his home early on Valentine's Day 2013.AFP/AFP/Getty Images

The 29-year-old was originally convicted of manslaughter for shooting Reeva Steenkamp (left) through a toilet door in his home early on Valentine’s Day 2013.

NOV 14 2015 FILE PHOTOAP

Pistorius reports for community service at the Garsfontein police station in Pretoria on Nov. 14.

Inmates sit on the window of their cells in the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison, where Pistorius spent part of his sentence.MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images

Inmates sit on the window of their cells in the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison, where Pistorius spent part of his sentence.

Pistorius occupied this cell in the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre before being released on parole.SYDNEY SESHIBEDI/REUTERS

Pistorius occupied this cell in the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre before being released on parole.

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