Blade runner gets U.S. help for murder trial
October 2nd, 2013
04:40 AM ET

Blade runner gets U.S. help for murder trial

With his murder trial approaching this March, South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has hired some help from the United States to challenge the case against him.

An American forensic team will give expert testimony to cast doubt on evidence entered against the athlete nicknamed the "blade runner" for the special prosthesis legs he sprints with, his spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said Wednesday.

The track star, whose legs are amputated below the knees, admitted to shooting dead model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home on Valetine's Day. But he has said it was an accident.

She was 29 when she died.

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August 19th, 2013
03:10 AM ET

Pistorius to appear in court for indictment

Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is expected to appear in a South African court Monday to be served with an indictment for murder over the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Steenkamp would have turned 30 on Monday.

Pistorius is facing murder charges over the February shooting death of Steenkamp. His expected indictment follows the completion of the police investigation into the case.


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August 14th, 2013
05:18 AM ET

Pistorius to appear in court next week

Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will be served with an indictment in court next week following the completion of the investigation into the killing of his girlfriend, South African police said.

Following his court appearance Monday, the case is likely to be postponed while the prosecution and defense agree on a trial date, police said in a statement.

Pistorius has already been charged with premeditated murder over the February shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. August 19 - when he appears in court - would have been Steenkamp's 30th birthday.


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South Africa judge lifts travel ban on Pistorius
Authorities charged Oscar Pistorius with premeditated murder last month after he shot Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home.
March 28th, 2013
07:30 AM ET

South Africa judge lifts travel ban on Pistorius

South African track star Oscar Pistorius, charged with murder in the slaying of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is once more allowed to travel overseas after a judge lifted a bail condition Thursday restricting his movements.

Judge Bert Bam said Pistorius could hand over his passport to his attorney and was entitled to use it to travel outside South Africa.

He should report his itinerary a week before leaving, Bam said.

Authorities charged Pistorius with premeditated murder last month after he shot Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on February 14.

March 7th, 2013
10:59 AM ET

Pistorius detective resigns from force

Hilton Botha, the former lead detective in the Oscar Pistorius murder case, has resigned from the police force, South African Police spokesman Brig. Neville Malila said Thursday

The South African Police Service pulled Botha from the Pistorius case after prosecutors reinstated attempted murder charges against him in a 2011 case.

Botha is accused of chasing and firing on a minibus full of people while drunk. He is charged with seven counts of attempted murder.

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February 24th, 2013
07:04 AM ET

Oscar Pistorius' brother Carl faces culpable homicide charge

As Olympic icon Oscar Pistorius faces a murder trial for shooting his girlfriend, his older brother is also charged in the death of a woman.

Carl Pistorius is accused of culpable homicide in the 2010 death of a female motorcyclist, CNN affiliate eNCA reported Sunday.

Prosecutors claim Carl Pistorius was driving recklessly in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, when he crashed with the motorcyclist.

But attorney Kenny Oldwage disputes allegations that his client was driving recklessly and said the motorcyclist rode into Carl Pistorius' vehicle.

Carl Pistorius was initially scheduled to go on trial Thursday - during the middle of Oscar's four-day bail hearing.
But Carl asked the court to postpone his trial so he could support his brother, and the court agreed.

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February 23rd, 2013
11:43 AM ET

Pistorius' brother's Twitter account hacked

The Twitter account of Oscar Pistorius' older brother, Carl, has been hacked, the Pistorius family said Saturday.

"We are busy cancelling all the social media sites for both Oscar's brother and his sister," said family spokeswoman Janine Hills.

Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee track star, has been charged in the killing of his girlfriend and has been freed on bail.

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