February 15th, 2013
08:31 AM ET

'Blade runner' Pistorius weeps as he's charged in girlfriend's death

[Updated at 8:31 a.m. ET] South African sports icon Oscar Pistorius broke into tears Friday when a judge officially charged him with his girlfriend's killing on Valentine's Day.

A grim-faced Pistorius, dressed in a dark suit, shook uncontrollably with his head buried in his hands during the hearing at a packed courtroom in Pretoria.

[Posted at 2:03 a.m. ET] He is a South African sports icon whose Olympic debut with artificial legs inspired the world and earned him the nickname "Blade Runner."

But on Friday, Oscar Pistorius arrived in court for a bail hearing in his model girlfriend's killing.

During the hearing, he will be officially named a suspect in the fatal shooting on Valentine's Day, which has shocked fans worldwide.

Police found Reeva Steenkamp in a pool of blood early Thursday in the runner's home at an exclusive gated community in the capital of Pretoria.

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