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Illness of judge's aide forces suspension of Pistorius murder trial until April 7

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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius wins gold in the men's 400-meter T44 final at the 2012 Paralympics, in London. The man who racing commentators said was slow from the starting blocks, Pistorius went on to win many medals for his running prowess, but is now expected to testify in his own defense during his trial in South Africa for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) (The Associated Press)

The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has delayed proceedings until April 7.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that one of her two assessors, legal experts who are helping her with the case, was unwell and that the trial had to be delayed.

Defense lawyers for the double-amputee runner who killed his girlfriend last year were due to begin their case on Friday after four weeks of prosecution-led testimony.

Pistorius says he shot Reeva Steenkamp by accident, mistaking her for an intruder in his home. Prosecutors say he killed her after an argument.