Judge lays down rules for Oscar Pistorius psychiatric tests
May 20, 2014 -- Updated 1157 GMT (1957 HKT)
- Pistorius will undergo mental health observations over the next month
- He will be tested on an outpatient basis and can go home each day
- The evaluations push the trial back until June 30
Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) -- Oscar Pistorius must report for a month-long mental examination starting next Monday, the judge in his murder trial said Tuesday.
But unlike many defendants who have been ordered to psychiatric evaluation, the Olympian will not be committed to a medical facility. Judge Thokozile Masipa said Pistorius must report each weekday starting Monday, but will have evenings and weekends free.
The trial will not resume until June 30, Masipa said.
The testing was triggered by the testimony of a psychiatrist who said that the sprinter has suffered from generalized anxiety disorder since he was an infant, stemming partly from the amputation of both of his lower legs because of a genetic defect.
Oscar Pistorius gestures as he leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Monday, October 13. Pistorius, the first double-amputee runner to compete in the Olympics, faces sentencing this week for the February 2013 death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. A judge cleared Pistorius of premeditated murder last month, but he was found guilty of culpable homicide -- the South African term for unintentionally, but unlawfully, killing a person.
Photos: Oscar Pistorius trial
Pistorius will undergo mental exams
New twist in Pistorius case
Pistorius, 27, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home last year.
Pistorius has not claimed he was insane or mentally incapacitated when he shot her. But when the defense put a psychiatrist on the stand, it raised the question of the athlete's mental health, the judge said last week.
The expert panel evaluating Pistorius has three options:
1) They could find that Pistorius was mentally incapacitated when he shot Steenkamp, which would end the trial immediately in a verdict of not guilty by reason of mental illness. That would lead to the athlete being committed to a mental institution until he is ruled not to be a danger.
2) The doctors could also find that he had "diminished responsibility" at the time he killed Steenkamp. In that case, the trial would resume, and the experts' finding would be taken into consideration during sentencing if he is found guilty.
3) The third possibility is that the experts could disagree with the defense psychiatrist and say that Pistorius' mental health is not an issue at all.
READ: Is Oscar Pistorius crazy? State wants tests
READ: Oscar Pistorius was 'praying, crying, torn apart' after shooting, witness says
READ: Oscar Pistorius grilled by prosecutor: 'You shot and killed her. Say it'
CNN legal analyst Kelly Phelps and CNN's Richard Allen Greene contributed to this report.
Today's five most popular stories
Part of complete coverage on
October 13, 2014 -- Updated 1357 GMT (2157 HKT)
The defense for Oscar Pistorius used a sentencing hearing to try to convince a judge of his fragile emotional state.
October 16, 2014 -- Updated 1504 GMT (2304 HKT)
A stuffy, overcrowded cell. Perhaps two or three men to a single bunk. Lockdown for most of the day.
October 20, 2014 -- Updated 1501 GMT (2301 HKT)
He was the so-called "Fastest Man on No Legs," and his inspiring story captured the imagination of the world at the London Olympics.
September 13, 2014 -- Updated 0423 GMT (1223 HKT)
The striking, platinum-haired model was gearing up for her reality television debut.
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 0928 GMT (1728 HKT)
Her name is Thokozile Matilda Masipa, and she is the woman who will decides the fate of athlete Oscar Pistorius.
June 3, 2013 -- Updated 1745 GMT (0145 HKT)
Previously unseen photographs of Reeva Steenkamp show the South African beauty just months before her tragic death.
February 16, 2014 -- Updated 1708 GMT (0108 HKT)
The photos of Oscar Pistorius and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp appear to show a young couple in love.
October 20, 2014 -- Updated 1507 GMT (2307 HKT)
A week before her death, South African model Reeva Steenkamp talked about her secure, blissful environment.
March 3, 2014 -- Updated 0913 GMT (1713 HKT)
He was the first amputee to compete at an able-bodied Olympics. Now, he's being accused of murdering his girlfriend.
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 0831 GMT (1631 HKT)
Judge Masipa has Oscar Pistorius stand up as she reads her verdicts.
September 11, 2014 -- Updated 1518 GMT (2318 HKT)
CNN's Robyn Curnow looks back at some of the key moments in the trial.
July 8, 2014 -- Updated 1224 GMT (2024 HKT)
CNN's Robyn Curnow reflects on her visit to athlete Oscar Pistorius' home, before he was on trial for murder.
June 30, 2014 -- Updated 0744 GMT (1544 HKT)
Take a virtual tour of the athlete's apartment to see what happened.
April 14, 2014 -- Updated 0926 GMT (1726 HKT)
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel is known as the "bull dog" in South Africa's legal circles, and it's easy to see why.
April 10, 2014 -- Updated 1156 GMT (1956 HKT)
As the athlete is grilled in court, Becky Anderson asks psychologist Dr. James Thompson about his state of mind.