Pistorius murder trial set in 2014


FACING TRIAL. South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) leaves the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. Photo by AFP/Alexander Joe

Paralympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius will go on trial in March 2014, charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, a South African magistrate ruled August 19. The 26-year-old double amputee wept and prayed with brother Carl and sister Aimee as he awaited the magistrate, who confirmed charges of murder, which carries a life sentence, and illegal possession of ammunition. Reeva Steenkamp – a blonde cover girl and law graduate who would have turned 30 on Monday – died in the bathroom of Pistorius’s upmarket Pretoria home in the early hours of February 14. The athlete who’s currently out on bail has admitted to killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder.

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