Oscar Pistorius Shoots Girlfriend

  • Judge clears Pistorius of premeditated murder, says can't be found guilty September 11, 2014

    A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of premeditated murder on Thursday, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star explicitly intended to kill his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. Although she described the 27-year-old as a "very poor" and "evasive" witness, judge Thokozile Masipa said...
  • Oscar Pistorius verdict hangs on 'possible improbabilities' September 11, 2014

    Eighteen months ago, when he granted Oscar Pistorius bail after the killing of his girlfriend, South African magistrate Desmond Nair noted a number of "improbabilities" in the Olympic and Paralympic star's account of the shooting. After 41 days of testimony and drama in the Pretoria High Court, Pistorius's freedom hangs on...
  • Oscar Pistorius' murder trial verdict set for Thursday September 10, 2014

    Johannesburg: A South African court will announce its verdict on Thursday on athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused in the shooting death of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, officials said on Wednesday. The sentence hearing is expected to get underway at 9.30 a.m. Thursday in the final proceedings of a trial that began...
  • Oscar Pistorius shot using 'primal instincts', says defence August 8, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' "primal instincts" kicked in when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he was in a vulnerable and fearful state, his defence lawyer said at the athlete's murder trial on Friday. Double amputee Pistorius, 27, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is...
  • South African athlete Pistorius in night club altercation July 15, 2014

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was involved in an argument at a night club over the weekend, local media reported on Tuesday, days after his lawyers wrapped up their defence in his murder trial. The Star newspaper said Pistorius had an altercation with businessman Jared Mortimer at...
  • Oscar Pistorius at increasing risk of suicide, says psychologist July 2, 2014

    South African Paralympic and Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has post traumatic stress disorder and is at an increasing risk of suicide, according to a psychiatric report read out at his murder trial on Wednesday. Pistorius, a double amputee athlete, could face life in prison if he is found guilty of murdering...
  • Oscar Pistorius accused of 'sinister' remark in court May 6, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius was accused of making a "sinister" remark to a friend of Reeva Steenkamp in the courtroom Tuesday during a break at his murder trial. Pistorius denied the allegation that he said to the close friend of the girlfriend he killed: "How can you sleep at night?" The accusation by...
  • Emotional Oscar Pistorius takes stand in own defence at murder trial April 7, 2014

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defence at his murder trial on Monday, saying the shooting of his girlfriend had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. He also apologised to the mother of Reeva Steenkamp in the public gallery,...
  • Oscar Pistorius trial: "I'm scared of you sometimes" read one of Reeva Steenkamp's text message March 25, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend told the athlete she was sometimes scared of him and complained about what she described as his short temper and jealousy in the weeks before he killed her, according to phone messages revealed at the Olympian's murder trial on Monday. "I can't be attacked by outsiders for...
  • Oscar Pistorius to sell home where he killed girlfriend to pay legal expenses March 20, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius will sell the luxury Pretoria home in which he shot and killed his girlfriend to pay his legal expenses due to an unexpected delay in the trial, his lawyer said on Thursday. The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is on trial for the murder of 29-year old model and law...
  • Oscar Pistorius lawyer scrutinises police investigation March 13, 2014

    Pretoria: A photograph of Oscar Pistorius' blood-stained prosthetic legs was used by his chief defense lawyer Thursday to attempt to show that the athlete was wearing them, as he says, when he broke down a toilet door with a cricket bat to get to the girlfriend he fatally shot. The image,...
  • Oscar Pistorius weeps as court hears Reeva Steenkamp autopsy detailsOscar Pistorius weeps as court hears Reeva Steenkamp autopsy details March 10, 2014

    "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius broke down on Monday when a South African court heard details from the autopsy of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom the track star is accused of murdering on Valentine's Day last year. The testimony of pathologist Gert Saayman was interrupted twice by Pistorius' sobbing and retching but the...
  • Oscar Pistorius murder trial grips viewers worldwide March 9, 2014

    Pretoria, South Africa: During breaks in his murder trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes confers intensely with his camp, murmuring in the ear of his chief defense lawyer. When witnesses testify, the double-amputee athlete takes notes or sits with hands clasped, occasionally covering his face, head bowed, as though troubled by...
  • 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius faces day in court February 28, 2014

    Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will stand in a Pretoria dock on Monday to face a charge of murdering his girlfriend, opening the decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world's most recognisable athletes. Barring a last-minute change of heart, the 27-year-old...
  • Pistorius must live with his conscience, says girlfriend's father February 24, 2013

    Johannesburg: South African Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius will have to live with his conscience after he shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day and said it was a tragic mistake, the victim's father Barry Steenkamp was quoted as saying in the local media. The athlete shot dead model and law...
  • Nike, Oakley move away from Oscar Pistorius February 19, 2013

    Johannesburg: Two major sponsors, Oakley and Nike, distanced themselves from Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Monday after the South African sports star was charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Oakley, the eyewear maker, suspended its contract with Pistorius. And Nike, which sells shoes and other athletic...
  • Funeral for Pistorius' girlfriend to be held on Tuesday February 18, 2013

    Johannesburg: The family of Reeva Steenkamp said on Sunday her body was back in her hometown of Port Elizabeth after the model and reality TV contestant was shot dead inside the house of Oscar Pistorius. A private funeral will be held on Tuesday. Adam Steenkamp, the brother of Pistorius' late girlfriend,...
  • Oscar Pistorius' agent begins canceling races February 17, 2013

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' agent has begun cancelling races since the Olympic athlete was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius' agent, Peet van Zyl, told The Associated Press that he cancelled the contract on Saturday for a high-profile re-match next month with fellow double-amputee Alan Oliveira to...
  • Blade runner Pistorius cries as murder charge read out February 15, 2013

    Paralympian Oscar Pistorius buried his head in his hands and cried as he was formally charged with one count of murder. Wearing a dark suit, he put his hands to his mouth and started crying. Chief Magistrate Desmond Nasir was presiding over the hearing which likely will include Pistorius' request for...