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Oscar Pistorius murder trial to be adjourned for two weeks

By Evan Hilbert |

Oscar Pistorius will spend one more day in court before a two-week break. (Getty Images)

The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius will be suspended for two weeks at the request of both the prosecution and defense. Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that the trial will adjourn after Thursday and restart May 5.

Masipa said, according to reports, that the case has lasted much longer than expected. The trial began March 3 and was initially expected to run just a couple weeks. Pistorius' defense team plans to call up to 17 more witnesses, and they don't expect to finish presenting their evidence until the middle of next month.

Pistorius wrapped up his time on the stand Tuesday, and his defense team spent Wednesday trying to re-assert the claim that he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp only after mistaking her for an intruder.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel continues to be relentless in his dismissal of Pistorius' defense, and he spent Wednesday aggressively cross-examining a defense witness.

This will be the second extended break in the trial, with the first lasting over a week after an assistant to the judge fell ill.

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