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Olympic “Blade Runner” tearful in court

Feb 15 2013, 4:47pm CST | by

Oscar Pistorius, who made Olympic history as the "blade runner" was arrested for the alleged Valentine's Day murder of his girlfriend. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.

PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius, the disabled Olympic athlete know as the “blade runner” was in court Friday charged with the murder of his girlfriend. Weeping during the court proceedings...

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Olympic “Blade Runner” tearful in court

Feb 15 2013, 4:47pm CST | by

Oscar Pistorius, who made Olympic history as the "blade runner" was arrested for the alleged Valentine's Day murder of his girlfriend. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.

PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius, the disabled Olympic athlete know as the “blade runner” was in court Friday charged with the murder of his girlfriend.

Weeping during the court proceedings, Pistorius is facing a possible life sentence for his alleged murder of Reeva Steenkamp. The double-amputee's family and a London-based management company released a statement disputing the validity of the murder charge lodged against the athlete, who made history, when he competed in races on carbon-fiber blades against non-disabled athletes.

Steenkamp was shot to death on Valentine's Day in Pistorius' home in a suburb of South Africa's capital. During a search of the residence, police recovered a .9 mm pistol. The prosecutor in the case said it was his intention to pursue premeditated murder charges against Pistorius.

The victim gained public attention for her bikini pictures published in men's magazine and for her appearance on cosmetic commercials. Autopsy results have not yet been released.

A request for a bail was delayed until Tuesday and Wednesday. Pistorius remains in the custody at the police station, rather than being transferred to a prison, as is the normal procedure in criminal cases where a defendant fails to be released on bond.



Via the Associated Press on Fox Sports.

 
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Pistorius could be free to compete at 2016 Games, Olympic committee says

Sep 17 2014 6:26am CDT | Source: globeandmail

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Oscar Pistorious found not guilty of murder, still faces culpable homicide charge

Sep 11 2014 8:16am CDT | Source: SBNation

A South African judge ruled on the two most severe charges against South African 2012 Olympic runner Oscar Pistorious on Thursday, but will issue a decision on a lesser charge Friday. Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty Thursday of the two most serious charges he faced for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa ruled that Pistorious was not guilty of premeditated murder and also not guilty of a le ...
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