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Oscar Pistorius Charged With Murder

Oscar Pistorius was charged Tuesday in South Africa of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Posted on February 19, 2013, at 3:53 a.m. ET

Anja Niedringhaus, File / AP

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Looking grim and solemn, Olympian Oscar Pistorius was charged Tuesday with the premeditated murder of his model girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court 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. Nel said the door had been broken open.

The family of the 26-year-old double-amputee who last year became the first disabled person to compete in the Olympics says police evidence will show there should be no murder charge.

#OscarPistorius sitting a metre from me. Eyes shut now. Sobbing again. Jaw clenched. Hands in lap.

#OscarPistorius sitting a metre from me. Eyes shut now. Sobbing again. Jaw clenched. Hands in lap.-- andrew harding

AFP: Prosecutors say Oscar Pistorius guilty of "premeditated murder."

AFP: Prosecutors say Oscar Pistorius guilty of "premeditated murder."-- BuzzFeed News

#OscarPistorius sobbing hard now as defense continues. "May have been argument earlier" with Reeva but not proof of murder. No premeditation

#OscarPistorius sobbing hard now as defense continues. "May have been argument earlier" with Reeva but not proof of murder. No premeditation-- andrew harding

#OscarPistorius Defence lawyer says not premeditated rather; 'it's not even murder. There is no concession that this was even murder.'

#OscarPistorius Defence lawyer says not premeditated rather; 'it's not even murder. There is no concession that this was even murder.'-- Alex Crawford

#OscarPistorious prosecutor: u don't fire four times into a minute bathroom just to scare - this was planned - the facts show this

#OscarPistorious prosecutor: u don't fire four times into a minute bathroom just to scare - this was planned - the facts show this-- Graeme Hosken

ITV: Oscar Pistorius lawyer tells the court his client has no previous convictions or pending cases.

ITV: Oscar Pistorius lawyer tells the court his client has no previous convictions or pending cases.-- BuzzFeed News

Oscar's head bowed, weeping, as the magistrate prepares to rule. #Pistorius.

Oscar's head bowed, weeping, as the magistrate prepares to rule. #Pistorius.-- Lydia Polgreen

#OscarPistorius silently mouths some words in anguish as magistrate mentions possibility of life imprisonment.

#OscarPistorius silently mouths some words in anguish as magistrate mentions possibility of life imprisonment.-- andrew harding

Ruling: Pistorius' charge will be handled as PREMEDITATED MURDER.

Ruling: Pistorius' charge will be handled as PREMEDITATED MURDER.-- Michelle Kosinski

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