Illness postpones Oscar Pistorius trial until April 7

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

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Oscar Pistorius takes notes while standing trial for the murder of his girlfriend. (Getty Images)

A legal expert tasked with assisting the judge in reaching a verdict in the Oscar Pistorius trial has fallen ill, and therefore court proceedings have been delayed until April 7.

The issue came at an especially pivotal moment Friday, as the double-amputee accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was soon expected to take the stand and testify, according to the Associated Press.

However, the court won't hear from Pistorius now for at least a week.

"One of my assessors is not well, so this court is not properly constituted," Judge Thokozile Masipa said, according to the AP. "I suggest that we postpone this matter until the seventh of April."

Pistorius has admitted to killing Steenkamp, though he claims he had mistaken her for an intruder in his home in February of last year. According to the report, one of Pistorius' lawyers indicated that he would be taking the stand to explain his version of events.

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