09:38 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 02/23/2013 09:30AM
Having been freed on bail Friday as he awaits trial for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius "will have to live with his conscience," her father said Saturday.
Speaking to the Beeld newspaper (and translated by the BBC), Barry Steenkamp – referring to Pistorius's claim that he fatally fired his gun four times at Reeva because he thought an intruder had broken into his house – said: "If it didn't happen the way he says it did, he must suffer and he will suffer."
Originally posted 02/22/2013 09:25AM
Prosecutors in South Africa were defeated Friday in their effort to deny bail for "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee track star accused of the premeditated Feb. 14 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius will be released on U.S. $114,000 bail, CNN reports.
Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair announced his decision in a packed Pretoria courtroom Friday afternoon. Over the past four days during the bail hearing, both authorities and Pistorius's legal team agreed that he killed Steenkamp, 29, but the athlete says he killed her accidentally after he mistook her for an intruder.
Originally posted 02/21/2013 08:20AM
In a bizarre development in the Oscar Pistorius investigation, the top police detective on the case was replaced Thursday after it was revealed he also is facing charges of attempted murder – connected to an incident 18 months ago in which he fired shots at a minivan.
In October 2011, Hilton Botha and two other officers tried to stop a van they believed was carrying a murder suspect by shooting at it, the New York Times reports. The van was carrying seven people.
Botha was charged with attempted murder. The charges were later dropped, but were reinstated this week – which police called a complete coincidence.
Originally posted 02/20/2013 08:35AM
As a bail hearing continued Wednesday in the murder case of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, new details have emerged as prosecutors outline their charges that he is guilty of shooting his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.
Police testified that they discovered testosterone and needles inside the "Blade Runner" Olympian's home, The New York Times reports.
But his defense lawyers said the Olympian took no banned performance-enhancing drugs, describing the substances found as herbal. The athletes, according to the International Paralympic Committee, tested drug-free as late as last September.
Pistorius, 26, has claimed the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.
Originally posted 02/19/2013 07:20AM
Charges against Oscar Pistorius have been upgraded to premeditated murder, after the judge in Pretoria, South Africa, said during Tuesday's bail hearing that he could not rule out the possibility that the "Blade Runner" track star planned the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, reports CNN.
Magistrate Desmond Nair said he would consider downgrading the charge at a later date. Wearing a blue shirt and gray suit, and sometimes clenching his jaw, Pistorius also openly wept in the packed courtroom as prosecutors provided details of their accusations.
Prosecutors said Pistorius, 26, opened fire on Steenkamp, 29, four times through a locked bathroom door of his home in a gated community last Thursday after attaching his prosthetic legs and walking more than 20 feet from a bedroom.
Originally posted 02/19/2013 07:45AM
With her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius in court 600 miles away, slain model Reeva Steenkamp was laid to rest in her south-coast hometown of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on Tuesday – cremated at a service attended by devastated friends and family.
"There's a space missing inside all the people that she knew," Adam Steenkamp, brother of the law-school graduate and reality star, told reporters afterward, according to NBC.
"Everyone is sad, understandably, but at certain points we were smiling whilst remembering Reeva, because we only have good memories of her," he added.
Originally posted 02/18/2013 10:30AM
As "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius prepares to return to court on Tuesday, where he will likely seek bail, the grieving mother of his dead girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, has called for answers in the case, asking, "Why my little girl?"
June Steenkamp, in an interview with the Times newspaper of South Africa, wonders "Why did he do this? … She loved like no one else could love. Just like that, she is gone."
Originally posted 02/15/2013 10:00AM
After an inspiring ascension to stardom, the Olympic athlete faces charges of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
Originally posted 02/15/2013 01:00PM
The show must go on, according to the creator of Tropika Island of Treasure 5.
The producer of the South African reality show, Samantha Moon, issued a statement, announcing that pre-taped series, which features Reeva Steenkamp, who was murdered on Thursday, will indeed air on Saturday as planned.
"Reeva was an intelligent, beautiful and amazing woman, and we feel it would be an injustice to keep that unknown from those who did not know her personally," Moon says in the statement.
Originally posted 02/15/2013 12:05PM
After his tearful morning in court in which prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder against Oscar Pistorius for allegedly killing his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his family issued a statement reacting to the news.
"The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms," the statement read, without elaborating.
The statement also said Pistorius wanted to "send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva."
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