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Olympic Track Star Facing Murder Charge is Now Free on Bail

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Double-amputee track star Oscar Pistorius will be allowed to go free as he awaits trial in the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend.

A magistrate in South Africa granted $113,000 bail Friday morning after four days of arguments from prosecutors and defense lawyers.

Pistorius also has to turn over his passports and any other guns that he owns. The track star left the courthouse a little more than an hour later.

Pistorius shot and killed model Reeva Steenkamp in the predawn hours of February 14th. The athlete says he shot her accidentally, thinking she was an intruder in his house. Prosecutors say the shooting followed a loud argument between the two. They say he intended to kill her, and they've charged him with premeditated murder.

Pistorius last year became the first double-amputee runner to compete in the Olympics. He is known as the Blade Runner because of the high-tech artificial legs he uses.


South African police say they found two boxes of testosterone and needles in the bedroom of Oscar Pistorius, but his defense lawyer says it was an "herbal remedy" and not a banned substance. 

A detective made the revelation in a bail hearing Wednesday after Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp. The detective said police made the discovery but offered no further details.

An International Paralympic Committee spokesman says Pistorius was drug tested on Aug. 25 and Sept. 8 last year and both were negative.


His lawyer said it was "not a steroid and it is not a banned substance." He says police "take every piece of evidence and try to extract the most possibly negative connotation and present it to the court." 



A South African prosecutor charges Olympian Oscar Pistorius with the premeditated murder of his model girlfriend. 

The prosecutor says Pistorius shot 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp four times through the bathroom door of his home in a guarded and gated complex in the South African capital, Pretoria. The prosecutor told the court the door had been broken open.

The family of the 26-year-old Paralympian and Olympic athlete says police evidence will show there should be no murder charge in the Valentine's Day shooting.

Pistorius, in a gray suit, blue shirt and tie appeared grim and solemn in court. He nodded after the chief magistrate asked if he was well.

Meanwhile, Reeva Steenkamp's coffin arrived at a Port Elizabeth crematorium on Tuesday (February 19) ahead of her private funeral.

The 29-year-old model was shot dead at the home of Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius.


PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after model Reeva Steenkamp was shot inside the Olympic athlete's home in South Africa. Police said a 26-year-old male would appear in court later on Thursday. Police in South Africa do not name suspects in crimes until they have appeared in court but police spokesperson Brigadier Denise Beukes said that Pistorius was at his home after the death of Steenkamp and "there is no other suspect involved." 

Beukes said the suspect was undergoing blood alcohol and forensic tests and had made a request to be brought to court immediately. Beukes said he would apply for bail, but the South African Police Service would oppose the application. Beukes said there had been "previous incidents" at Pistorius' home.

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