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Pistorius Charged with Murdering Girlfriend

9:21 AM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - A South African prosecutor charged Olympian Oscar Pistorius with the murder of his model girlfriend.

The prosecutor said Tuesday that Pistorius shot 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp four times through the bathroom door of his home in a guarded and gated complex in the South African capital, Pretoria.

Police had said they would press a graver charge of premeditated murder against the 26-year-old Paralympian and Olympic athlete. Pistorius' family says police evidence will show there should be no murder charge in the Valentine's Day shooting.

Pistorius, in a gray suit, blue shirt and tie appeared grim and solemn in court. He nodded after the chief magistrate asked if he was well.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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