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The judge finds the athlete acted "negligently" and "hastily" - but delays ruling on manslaughter after a dramatic day in court.
Oscar Pistorius wept in court as he was cleared of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp - but must wait until tomorrow to find out if he is guilty of manslaughter.
Judge Thokozile Masipa told the court there was "no doubt" when Pistorius fired his gun "he acted unlawfully", and will rule on Friday whether he is guilty of the lesser charge - known as culpable homicide in South Africa - over the 29-year-old model's death.
At the end of Thursday's hearing she found the track star acted "negligently", "too hastily", used "excessive force" and failed to take steps to avoid the resultant death.
And she questioned why he called security after the shooting - but not before for help.
She stopped short of giving an actual verdict on manslaughter - which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison - and dramatically adjourned proceedings.
Sky's Alex Crawford, who has been in the courtroom throughout the trial, said: "We are left sort of hanging - however, I feel she has given a fairly strong indication that she is heading towards culpable homicide because there appears to be no other option."
Earlier, Judge Masipa cleared the world-renowned athlete of both premeditated and murder without premeditation.
She told the trial "there are not enough facts" to support the prosecution case that the athlete intended to kill Ms Steenkamp.
The judge said the charge of premeditated murder relied on "circumstantial evidence" from the State.
"The State has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder. There are just not enough facts to support such a finding," she said.