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Olympian Oscar Pistorius, known as 'Blade Runner' charged with killing model girlfriend
Oscar Pistorius, an Olympian who was at one point an icon in South Africa whose lower legs were amputated when he was less than a year old, claims he mistook his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot her in a locked bathroom in his home. Prosecutors, however, say the couple had had a shouting match and Steenkamp fled to the bathroom, and locked herself in. Pistorius, 26, allegedly got up from bed and had to put on his prosthetic legs to reach the toilet door. The door was broken open after the shots were fired, prosecutors charge.    

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Feb. 22, 2013: Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
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Feb. 22, 2013: Oscar Pistorius bows his head at the fourth day of his bail hearing.
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Feb. 22: 2013: Olympian Oscar Pistorius' family looks on as he stands at his bail hearing in a South African courtroom.
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Feb. 21: Oscar Pistorius stands during his bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa. The lead investigator in the murder case faces attempted murder charges himself over a 2011 shooting, police said, in another potentially damaging blow to the prosecution.

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Feb. 19: A woman holds a photo of Reeva Steenkamp as she leaves her funeral in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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Feb 19: Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, left, stands as the judges leaves the court during his bail application at the magistrate court.

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Feb. 19: June Steenkamp, third left, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, greets people after she and others attend her funeral, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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In this frame-grab from state television channel SABC 1 a tribute is devoted to model Reeva Steenkamp, girlfriend of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius.

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Feb. 17: Aimee Pistorius, the sister of Oscar Pistorius, outside the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Feb. 19: Adam Steenkamp, centre left, the brother of Reeva Steenkamp, walks with family members after attending her funeral, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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In this undated handout publicity photo supplied by Stimulii taken on the island of Jamaica, Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure which premieres on state television Saturday, Feb 16, 2013. South Africa's national broadcaster says it will screen the show featuring the dead model girlfriend of double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius, two days after she was shot and killed at Pistorius' home. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Stimulii)

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Feb. 15: Oscar Pistorius reacts, in court in Pretoria at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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In this undated handout publicity photo supplied by Stimulii taken on the island of Jamaica, Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show which premieres on state television Saturday, Feb 16, 2013.

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Feb. 14: Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa. He was taken into custody after his girlfriend was shot dead at his home.

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Photo taken through a car window shows workers taking down a billboard of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius endorsing a product in Johannesburg, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Pistorius was taken into custody after a 30-year-old woman, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot dead at his home. Front billboard for Master Card has nothing to do with Pistorius story. (AP Photo/Dion Chang)

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This is an undated portfolio photo supplied by Ice Model Management in Johannesburg of Reeva Steenkamp.

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This is an undated portfolio photo supplied by Ice Model Management in Johannesburg of Reeve Steenkamp, during a photo shoot.

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Aug. 4, 2012: Oscar Pistorius as he reacts after finishing first in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Nov. 4, 2012: Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at an awards ceremony, in Johannesburg.

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April 14, 2011: Oscar Pistorius attends the launch of French designer Thierry Mugler's fragrance A-men in Johannesburg.

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South African rugby player Francois Hougaard, left, arrives for the funeral of Reeva Steenkamp in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp on Valentine's Day. The defense lawyer says it was an accidental shooting. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

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Feb. 19: Oscar Pistorius, center with head covered, leaves the Brooklyn Police Station in a police vehicle in Pretoria, South Africa.

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In this undated handout publicity photo supplied by Stimulii taken on the island of Jamaica, Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure.

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Feb. 15: Oscar Pistorius weeps at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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In this undated handout publicity photo supplied by Stimulii taken on the island of Jamaica, Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure.

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In this undated handout publicity photo supplied by Stimulii taken on the island of Jamaica, Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure.

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Feb. 14: A security officer cycles towards the main gate of the housing estate where Olympian Oscar Pistorius lives, in Pretoria.

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Aug. 5, 2012: Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Olympian Oscar Pistorius, known as 'Blade Runner' charged with killing model girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius, an Olympian who was at one point an icon in South Africa whose lower legs were amputated when he was less than a year old, claims he mistook his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot her in a locked bathroom in his home. Prosecutors, however, say the couple had had a shouting match and Steenkamp fled to the bathroom, and locked herself in. Pistorius, 26, allegedly got up from bed and had to put on his prosthetic legs to reach the toilet door. The door was broken open after the shots were fired, prosecutors charge.    

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