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Oscar Pistorius verdict: First day round-up

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius cries while the verdict is being read during the verdict in his murder trial, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 September 2014 Image copyright EPA

Judge Thokozile Masipa began reading out the verdict in the trial of Oscar Pistorius for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

She gave a summary of the proceedings, analysing the evidence and the defence and prosecution cases.

But after concluding that Mr Pistorius could not have committed murder, the judge adjourned the trial saying that a charge of culpable homicide was still under consideration.

Here is a round-up of the big moments, via BBC tweets and in video.

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Media captionBBC News looks the key moments from the first day of verdicts

Arrival 09:30 (07:30 GMT):

The reading begins:

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Image caption Judge Thokozile Masipa spoke for more than four hours

Neighbours' evidence:

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Image caption Reeva Steenkamp was killed by three bullets fired through the toilet door in the early hours of 14 February 2013

Timeline and WhatsApp messages:

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Image caption The couple's WhatsApp messages were read out during the trial

Pistorius' own evidence:

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Image caption The judge criticised Oscar Pistorius as a witness

Murder charge:

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Image caption Reeva Steenkamp's parents were in court for the judgement
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Media captionJudge: "He did not subjectively foresee as a possibility that he would kill the person behind the door"

Culpable homicide?

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Image caption It was tense in the courtroom as the judge read out her verdict
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Media captionSouth African Judge Thokozile Masipa: "It is clear that his conduct was negligent"

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