Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial: Blade Runner Begins Psyche Evaluation

Questions are being raised about whether the Paralympic athlete is receiving special treatment.
2:25 | 05/27/14

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Now, we turn to the latest own Oscar Pistorius, on trial for murdering his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. Pistorius just began a month-long psychological evaluation. But there's questions whether or not he is getting special treatment. Lam lama Hasan is tracking this for us. Reporter: After the court's own witness, the trial taking a stunning turn, with the judge ordering the blade runner to undergo psychiatric evaluation, to determine what state of mind he was in when he killed his girlfriend. This morning, amid tight security, olympian Oscar Pistorius arrives for a second day of psychiatric evaluation. The ability to be found the witness is the central thing in his being able to be found guilty or not guilty. But many are now questioning the way that evaluation is being carried out. He and his attorney probably think that he got a good deal by being 9:00 to 4:00. In my opinion, it is not a good thing for him because he clearly does not want to be found capable of standing trial. Unlike many patients, the blade runner is not being evaluated full time. Every night Pistorius is free to return to the sanctuary of his uncle's upscale home. Missing what is being called the benefits of an after-hours observation. If he were evaluated 24 hours a day for 1 month, his frustrati frustration tolerance would be much less. And the evaluators could see what happens to him in terms of loss of impulse control, being able to tolerate stress and anxiety. Reporter: The evaluation is critical to the outcome of this case. It could determine if the trial continues at all. Three psychiatrists and a clinical psychologist have 30 days to try to answer these critical questions. Did Oscar Pistorius know what he was doing the night he shot and killed his girlfriend. And is he fit to stand trial at all? Many are asking why the athlete's evaluation doesn't done before this lengthy trial began. Lara? Thank you so much.

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