Pistorius could face mental evaluation

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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday asked that the double-amputee runner be placed under psychiatric evaluation after an expert witness testified that he had an anxiety disorder.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel noted that a psychiatrist for the defense had testified that the disorder she diagnosed in Pistorius may have played a role in his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home on Feb. 14, 2013. The prosecutor has acknowledged that an evaluation of Pistorius' state of mind at a government facility could mean the trial, which began March 3, will be delayed.
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A supporter hands Oscar Pistorius a teddy bear in court during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
A supporter hands Oscar Pistorius a teddy bear in court during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
A supporter hands Oscar Pistorius a teddy bear in court during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, left, talks with his uncle Arnold Pistorius, right, during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hdebe, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, left, talks with his uncle Arnold Pistorius, right, during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hdebe, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, left, talks with his uncle Arnold Pistorius, right, during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hdebe, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
June Steenkamp, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, third from right, looks towards Oscar Pistorius, foreground in the dock, as he listens to psychiatric evidence for his defense, during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has asked that the double-amputee runner be placed under psychiatric evaluation after an expert witness testified that he had an anxiety disorder. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hdebe, Pool)
June Steenkamp, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, third from right, looks towards Oscar Pistorius, foreground in the dock, as he listens to psychiatric evidence for his defense, during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has asked that the double-amputee runner be placed under psychiatric evaluation after an expert witness testified that he had an anxiety disorder. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hdebe, Pool)
June Steenkamp, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, third from right, looks towards Oscar Pistorius, foreground in the dock, as he listens to psychiatric evidence for his defense, during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has asked that the double-amputee runner be placed under psychiatric evaluation after an expert witness testified that he had an anxiety disorder. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hdebe, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius arrives at a courtroom for his ongoing murder trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius arrives at a courtroom for his ongoing murder trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius arrives at a courtroom for his ongoing murder trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, top right, is greeted by a supporter on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, top right, is greeted by a supporter on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, top right, is greeted by a supporter on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, gestures, as he listens to psychiatric evidence for his defense, during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has asked that the double-amputee runner be placed under psychiatric evaluation after an expert witness testified that he had an anxiety disorder. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, gestures, as he listens to psychiatric evidence for his defense, during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has asked that the double-amputee runner be placed under psychiatric evaluation after an expert witness testified that he had an anxiety disorder. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, gestures, as he listens to psychiatric evidence for his defense, during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has asked that the double-amputee runner be placed under psychiatric evaluation after an expert witness testified that he had an anxiety disorder. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Oscar Pistorius, looks straight ahead during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hdebe, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, looks straight ahead during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hdebe, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, looks straight ahead during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hdebe, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Oscar Pistorius, on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, on his arrival in court for his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius puts his bag upon his arrival at a courtroom for his ongoing murder trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius puts his bag upon his arrival at a courtroom for his ongoing murder trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius puts his bag upon his arrival at a courtroom for his ongoing murder trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Born, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, center, with an unidentified family member walks towards the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Oscar Pistorius, center, with an unidentified family member walks towards the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Oscar Pistorius, center, with an unidentified family member walks towards the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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