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Oscar Pistorius Defense Team Closes Its Case

Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- The defense in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial closed its case Tuesday, with final arguments scheduled for Aug. 7 and 8.

Tuesday’s court proceedings took less than five minutes.

The state will hand in its final arguments to Judge Thokozile Masipa on July 30, with the defense’s final arguments due on Aug. 4.

Masipa ordered that no material from the prosecution or defense’s final arguments may be released or published before being presented to the court.

Pistorius is accused of murder in the 2013 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The athlete has argued that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

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