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Olympian Pistorius Charged With Premeditated Murder In Girlfriend's Death

Oscar Pistorius, the first Paralympian to compete in the Olympics, was indicted and formally charged with premeditated murder in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Monday.

The 26-year-old double amputee, whose nickname is the Blade Runner, has already admitted that he shot and killed his model girlfriend at his house on Valentine's Day.

However, he claims that he mistook her for an intruder. Prosecutors believe the shooting was premeditated and happened after a fight between the couple. She was found shot in a bathroom, where she had reportedly locked herself. At least three bullets hit her.

One witness has already told authorities that they "heard a woman scream, followed by moments of silence, then heard gunshots."

In a documentary that aired on British television, Steenkamp's parents suggested that their daughter was terrified of Pistorius.

His trial in South Africa would begin early next March. Pistorius would face a life sentence if convicted of premeditated murder.

August 20, 2013 |

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