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Pistorius charged with murdering girlfriend

The prosecutor said that Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp four times through the bathroom door of his home in a guarded and gated complex in Pretoria.

Published: 19th February 2013 01:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2013 01:40 PM   |  A+A-

A South African prosecutor charges 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.

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