PRETORIA, South Africa – The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ruled Wednesday that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume again on May 5.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said that she was responding to a request for a break from the chief prosecutor and which was supported by the defence. Pistorius’ trial started March 3 and Masipa said the case had lasted longer than expected. She said she granted the break because a member for the prosecution team has to attend to another case.
Masipa also noted that the court record for the Pistorius trial is now almost 2,000 pages long. The trial was initially scheduled to last just three weeks.
“At the time, it was not envisioned that this trial would run this long,” Masipa said.
Masipa also noted that much of the evidence is “technical” and given by expert witnesses.
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