August 8, 2014 / 1:33 PM / 3 years ago

Verdict in Pistorius murder trial set for September 11: judge

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Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) leaves after the closing arguments in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria August 8, 2014.Siphiwe Sibeko

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African judge Thokozile Masipa said on Friday she would deliver her verdict in the murder trial of Paralympic and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on September 11.

Double-amputee Pistorius, 27, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is accused of murdering Reeva Steenkamp, a law graduate and model, at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius says he shot Steenkamp in a tragic accident, mistaking her for an intruder.

Reporting by Joe Brock; Editing by Ed Cropley

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