The Appeals Process
The appeals process to South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal would likely take years.
"Unlike in the U.S., the appellate court in South Africa has a bit more latitude to review the facts," ABC News' chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams said. "In South Africa you have a judge trial. Here in the U.S., appellate courts try not to review the facts based on a jury finding. Generally they don't want to overturn a jury, they want to review the legal decisions made by a judge. Because it [the verdict] was made by a judge, there is more latitude."
If he's not guilty, the legal drama could still drag on for Pistorius, who could also face a civil lawsuit from Steenkamp's family.