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August 19, 2013 | By Erin Conway-Smith
PRETORIA, South Africa - On the night South African athlete Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, neighbors allegedly heard the sound of a woman screaming. Silence followed, and then gunshots. And more screams. That's the picture prosecutors are painting in the case against Pistorius, who was indicted Monday on charges including premeditated murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home early Valentine's Day. A trial is expected to begin in early March. Pistorius, a double amputee who used carbon-fiber blades to run in last year's London Olympics, has said he thought Steenkamp, a reality TV star and law school graduate, was an intruder when he shot her repeatedly through a bathroom door.
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April 15, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Hours before South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, she wrote him a  Valentine's Day card with the words, “I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you,” a court heard Tuesday. The envelope was addressed to “Ozzie” with hearts and a squiggle on it, and the card's message was accompanied by a smiley face, hearts and kisses. A photograph of the card was released by the athlete's legal team Tuesday, after Pistorius finished nearly seven days in the witness box, including five days of grueling cross-examination.
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March 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - Athlete Oscar Pistorius used expanding bullets that mushroom on impact and cause maximum tissue damage when he shot his girlfriend to death, a pathologist testified Monday in a South African court. One of those bullets penetrated Reeva Steenkamp's head and broke up in her brain, causing a catastrophic injury, and another hit her right hip, shattered a hip bone and broke into small pieces in her body, said pathologist Gert Saayman, who conducted the autopsy.
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April 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Reeva Steenkamp, the 29-year-old model and girlfriend of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, had a sports bag packed with her clothes, ready to leave his house, the night he fatally shot her, prosecutor Gerrie Nel told Pretoria's high court Monday. The only items not yet packed were a pair of jeans and a pair of flip-flops. Pistorius, on trial for murder, denied there had been a quarrel and she was about to leave. Pistorius, who contends he shot at the enclosed toilet in which Steenkamp had locked herself because he believed an intruder was there, told the court he screamed at the imagined stranger to get out of his house.
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April 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - Two distinct portraits are emerging at the Pretoria High Court murder trial of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius. The prosecution's portrayal of Pistorius as an aggressive, gun-loving, controlling man with a quick temper was countered Monday by the athlete, who testified for the first time in the month-old trial. Pistorius described himself as a serious, deeply religious good Samaritan, racked with crippling remorse about fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013.
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August 19, 2013 | Erin Conway-Smith
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee Olympic sprinter known as the Blade Runner, was indicted Monday on a charge of premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend. The trial was set for March 3-20. Pistorius, 26, is accused of shooting to death Reeva Steenkamp, a model and reality TV star, at his home on a luxury estate near Pretoria. He wept and prayed with brother Carl and sister Aimee during a brief appearance at Pretoria Magistrate's Court on what would have been Steenkamp's 30th birthday.
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March 3, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
June Steenkamp told a British newspaper that she was hoping to see Oscar Pistorius face to face as he goes on trial for allegedly murdering her daughter, Reeva Steenkamp. “I want to look at Oscar, really look him in the eyes, and see for myself the truth about what he did to Reeva,” she said, according to the Pretoria News. “Whatever the court decides at the end of his trial, I will be ready to forgive him.… But first I want to force him to look at me, Reeva's mother, and see the pain and anguish he has inflicted on me. I feel I need that.” She may have gotten her chance as Pistorius' murder trial began Monday morning in Pretoria, South Africa, as the double-amputee Olympic runner was seated very close to June Steenkamp and other family members.
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August 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have approached the family of Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he is accused of murdering, hoping to negotiate an out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit separate from the criminal case the athlete faces. Both sides confirmed the talks to South African media outlets but declined to discuss any details. "You will understand this is a very sensitive situation," Kenny Oldwage, one of Pistorius' attorneys, told the South African Times . Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, was indicted Monday for shooting Steenkamp in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day at his home.
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March 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Mike Azzie, a longtime friend of Oscar Pistorius, says the Olympic star is "on the verge of suicide" after being charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "I would say that, just speaking to him, that he is a broken man and that I would go as far to say that he would be on the verge of suicide," Azzie told South Africa's BBC3. "It really worries me. " Azzie said Pistorius "always seems to mention Reeva and to ask us to pray for her and her family. He has no confidence in his tone of voice and he is just a man that is almost like someone that is walking around in circles and doesn't know where he is going.
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April 4, 2013 | By David Wharton
Less than two months after being charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend, sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been spotted on the track and could soon resume training. A picture of the double-amputee athlete, wearing his famed blades, appeared in the Thursday edition of the Afrikaans-language  Beeld newspaper . Pistorius has denied intentionally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the bathroom of his South African home on Valentine's Day, saying that he mistook her for an intruder.
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April 11, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius complained he was “tired” Friday in his murder trial in South Africa, prompting Judge Thokozile Masipa to ask if that was “the reason you're making all these mistakes” in testimony. The Olympic athlete, charged with murder in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, several times contradicted himself, recanted or apologized for “mistakes” in his statement. He said he was tired, adding that this was not going to change. But Masipa cautioned Pistorius that if he was making mistakes because he was tired, he must say so. “It's important that you should be all here when you are in that witness box," she told him. "If you are tired and that's the reason you're making all these mistakes you must say so. It doesn't help to say it won't change.” “The question is, are you too tired to proceed, because you can be at a disadvantage when you're in that witness box. Are you making the mistakes because you're too tired?
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April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius rambled and at times contradicted himself under cross-examination Wednesday during his trial for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "My memory is not very good at the moment," Pistorius said during testimony at Pretoria's High Court. "I'm under a lot of pressure sitting here. I'm defending for my life. " Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and said he mistakenly shot Steenkamp at his house last year thinking she was an intruder, acknowledged that he was weighing every implication as he responded to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel. "But Reeva doesn't have a life anymore, because of what you did," Nel said to Pistorius.
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April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Thursday denied that he pulled the trigger of a gun that went off in his hand in a crowded upscale restaurant last year, a contention dismissed by the prosecution as impossible. On trial in Pretoria's high court on charges that he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, he also flatly denied firing a gun out of the roof of a car in 2012, although two witnesses, ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor and former friend Darren Fresco, testified that he had. Explaining how he fatally shot Steenkamp, Pistorius said he accidentally fired through the door of an enclosed toilet in his home in the early hours of Valentine's Day after hearing a noise within.
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April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - The prosecutor in the murder trial of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius accused him of repeatedly lying to the court and offering versions of events so improbable that "nobody would think it is reasonably or possibly true. " Pistorius, on trial in Pretoria's high court on a charge that he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, denied Thursday that he pulled the trigger of a gun that went off in his hand in a crowded upscale South African restaurant in early 2013, a contention the prosecution described as impossible.
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April 9, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated as indicated below.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel launched an aggressive cross examination Wednesday of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Nel pounced when Pistorius admitted that people around the world used to look up to him as a sporting hero until he "made a mistake. " “You made a mistake? You killed a person. You killed Reeva Steenkamp, that's what you did,” Nel barked. "You killed her. Won't you take responsibility for that?"
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April 8, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday told a South African courtroom - and the world - his version of what happened the night he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. It was quite an emotional tale . But was it the truth? Sure, he cried and cried. Just as he did on Monday. But he didn't throw up, as he did during earlier testimony in the case. Nevertheless, the judge adjourned the trial to give Pistorius time to compose himself. So clearly Pistorius is upset.
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February 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Just weeks before South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius is due to face trial on charges of murdering his girlfriend, he posted a Valentine's Day message on his website, calling the shooting a “devastating accident.” The killing of Reeva Steenkamp, which took place on Valentine's Day last year, and the subsequent charges against Pistorius shocked South Africans. A bail hearing attracted massive global media attention. "No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved -- and continues to love Reeva,” said the athlete, who rarely makes public statements or appearances.
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March 6, 2014 | By David Wharton
Bent over, with his hands covering his ears, Oscar Pistorius reacted emotionally Thursday to gruesome testimony about the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he is accused of murdering. The detailed descriptions came from a neighbor who rushed over to Pistorius' home in Pretoria, South Africa, moments after the early morning shooting on Valentine's Day last year, the Associated Press reported. "It was obvious that she was mortally wounded," Johan Stipp testified. "At the bottom of the stairs ... there was a lady lying on her back on the floor.
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April 8, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- “That's the moment that everything changed,” South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius testified in his murder trial Tuesday, describing the instant in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year when he said he heard the noise of a window opening in his bathroom, a few yards from the bedroom where he had been sleeping with girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He said the only light in his bedroom came from a small LED light on his amplifier, which he had just covered with a pair of Steenkamp's jeans when he heard the window open.
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April 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Olympian Oscar Pistorius made a tearful apology to the family of his girlfriend Monday as he stood trial for fatally shooting her in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. Pistorius took the stand to tell the court his version of what happened that night. Courtroom benches were packed with supporters of both the athlete and his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp . Pistorius' almost-whispered apology was so quiet that Judge Thokozile Masipa had to tell him to speak up. PHOTOS: Oscar Pistorius trial "I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Mrs. and Mr. Steenkamp , to Reeva's family, to all those of you who knew her who are here today, to her family and friends,” he said.
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