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Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in death of Reeva Steenkamp

Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa, after 44 days of court proceedings, finally handed out her verdict regarding the four charges filed against 27-year-old South African Olympian marathon runner Oscar Pistorius, the Daily Beast reported on September 12.

The charges included the murder of his model girlfriend, 31-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, two counts of reckless mishandling of a firearm in public, and illegal possession of ammunition found in Pistorius’ house in Pretoria. Instead of murder, Masipa found Pistorius guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide, which is the killing of someone through reckless or negligent actions.

Masipa stated that the prosecution had failed to prove without a doubt that Pistorius had intended to kill his girlfriend. Masipa dismissed the majority of character evidence and witness testimony, alleging that it was circumstantial and fallible.

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Urbana man sentenced to 42 months for a car accident that killed a student

Fifty-nine-year-old Urbana resident Willie Craft, Sr., was sentenced to 42 months in prison by Judge Richard Klaus in a Champaign County courtroom for a car accident that killed a student pedestrian in last fall, The News-Gazette reported on July 9.

Craft pleaded guilty in early January to reckless homicide for causing the death of 20-year-old University of Illinois agricultural business student Mimi Liu in a vehicular accident on Oct. 9, 2013.

According to court documents, Liu was walking along Lincoln Avenue between classes when she was hit by Craft, a diabetic whose driving was impaired because of low blood sugar. According to Assistant State Attorney Elizabeth Dornik, Craft is responsible for controlling his own medical condition and should have known not to drive.

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Defense team for Carly Rousso challenges Constitutionality of statute

The defense team for a 19-year-old who allegedly killed a little girl in a vehicular accident during which the defendant was allegedly driving under the influence of inhalants filed a motion on Wednesday, September 18 that challenges the Constitutionality of the state statute under which she was charged, saying it is “vague.”

Carly Rousso pleaded not guilty to the charges of aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide for allegedly causing a crash on Central Avenue in downtown Highland Park that killed five-year-old Highwood local Jaclyn Santos.

Rousso, who was allegedly huffing a chemical agent right before she drove her vehicle, was released from police custody after her family paid her $500,000 bail.

According to police reports, Jaclyn was walking with her mother and two siblings, when Rousso, who was allegedly high under the influence of a cleaning agent called difluoreothane, drove over the little girl as the victim’s family watched.

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