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  • Family: Pistorius accosted at nightclub

    July 15, 2014 3:53 AM

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The family of Oscar Pistorius says the double-amputee runner recently visited a nightclub with a cousin and was accosted by a man who aggressively questioned him about his murder trial. Anneliese Burgess, a spokeswoman for the Pistorius family, says an argument followed and the athlete, who... more »
  • Physician says Pistorius is a 'paradox'

    July 3, 2014 3:52 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - A physician who has treated Oscar Pistorius has testified at the athlete's murder trial that he is a "paradox" whose racing triumphs contrast sharply with the severe limitations of his disability. Wayne Derman, a professor of sport and exercise medicine at the University of Cape Town,... more »
  • Psych report says Pistorius is traumatized

    July 2, 2014 4:09 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief lawyer for Oscar Pistorius has said at his murder trial that a psychologist's report concluded the athlete is suffering severe trauma and will become an increasing suicide risk unless he continues to get mental health care. Defense lawyer Barry Roux on Wednesday read excerpts... more »
  • Pistorius trial hears testimony about screams

    July 1, 2014 3:47 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - Testimony in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is focusing on the screams that neighbors heard on the night that the athlete killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel on Tuesday questioned an acoustics expert who had been called by the defense team as part... more »
  • Pistorius trial resumes after psychiatric tests

    June 29, 2014 10:21 PM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - A panel of mental health experts has concluded that Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year. The Olympic athlete's murder trial resumed today, after a one-month break during which a psychologist and three... more »
  • Pistorius to start mental evaluation next week

    May 20, 2014 3:31 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - A South African judge has ruled that Oscar Pistorius will start a period of psychiatric evaluation at a state institution on Monday. Judge Thokozile Masipa said Tuesday that the double-amputee athlete's murder trial will be postponed until June 30 while he is observed as an outpatient... more »
  • Judge says Pistorius should get psychiatrist test

    May 14, 2014 3:28 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The judge overseeing the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has ordered the double-amputee athlete to undergo psychiatric tests, meaning that the trial proceedings will be delayed. The decision Wednesday by Judge Thokozile Masipa followed a request for a psychiatric evaluation by the chief prosecutor, Gerrie Nel.... more »
  • Prosecutor: Pistorius should get mental evaluation

    May 13, 2014 5:35 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has asked that the double-amputee runner be placed under psychiatric evaluation after an expert witness testified that he had an anxiety disorder. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel on Tuesday noted that a psychiatrist for the defense had testified... more »
  • Psychiatrist: Pistorius has 'anxiety disorder'

    May 12, 2014 6:04 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - A psychiatrist called by Oscar Pistorius' defense lawyers at his murder trial has testified that she believes the celebrated double-amputee athlete has an "anxiety disorder." Dr. Merryll Vorster testified Monday that events during Pistorius' life, including the amputation of his lower legs as a baby and... more »
  • Ballistics expert testifies at Pistorius trial

    May 9, 2014 3:54 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - A ballistics expert is testifying for the defense at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, who killed his girlfriend in his home last year. Wollie Wolmarans, a former police officer, said Friday that his analysis of the scene where the Olympic athlete shot Reeva Steenkamp differs... more »
  • Pistorius trial moves into 7th week

    May 5, 2014 3:02 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The Oscar Pistorius murder trial has resumed after a two-week recess, with the defense team calling its fourth witness in an attempt to rebuild the double-amputee athlete's case that he killed his girlfriend by mistake last year. The trial moved into its seventh week Monday with... more »
  • Pistorius trial: Judge sets 2-week adjournment

    April 16, 2014 6:16 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume on May 5. Judge Thokozile Masipa said Wednesday that she was responding to a request for a break from the chief prosecutor... more »
  • Pistorius calls in American forensic experts

    October 1, 2013 9:56 AM

    JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have called in a team of American forensic experts to help prepare the double-amputee Olympian's defense for his murder trial next year. Pistorius' spokeswoman, Anneliese Burgess, says the specialists from the U.S. are currently in South Africa working with the athlete's lawyers. Pistorius... more »
  • Pistorius' lawyers appeal bail conditions

    March 11, 2013 9:50 AM

    JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius have filed an appeal in a South African court against bail restrictions imposed on the Olympian, who was charged with murdering his girlfriend. The lawyers argue that evidence showed that the double-amputee athlete is not a flight risk and should have the option of... more »
  • S. Africa: former Pistorius detective quits force

    March 7, 2013 10:40 AM

    JOHANNESBURG - South African police say the former lead detective in the investigation of the murder case against Oscar Pistorius has resigned from the police force. Police Brig. Neville Malila said Thursday that detective Hilton Botha voluntarily applied to leave the service. Botha made several procedural errors in his role... more »
  • South Africa: Pistorius reports to authorities

    February 25, 2013 7:41 AM

    JOHANNESBURG - A spokeswoman for Oscar Pistorius says he has reported to authorities in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, under the bail terms in the murder case against him. Lunice Johnston says the double-amputee Olympic athlete visited correctional officers, but she has not specified their location in the city. Pistorius, who... more »
  • Pistorius granted bail

    February 22, 2013 8:32 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail and will be freed from custody pending his trial in the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius says the shooting was an accident, and that he thought he was firing at an intruder. Prosecutors say... more »
  • Nike suspends contract with Oscar Pistorius

    February 21, 2013 7:44 AM

    PORTLAND, Ore. - Nike says it has suspended the contract of Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius, the first double-amputee runner to compete on the track at the Olympics, is facing a charge of premeditated murder in South Africa in the Valentine's Day slaying of his girlfriend. In a brief statement announcing the... more »
  • Testosterone, needles found in Pistorius' bedroom

    February 20, 2013 7:16 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - South African police say they found two boxes of testosterone and needles in the bedroom of Oscar Pistorius, but his defense lawyer says it was an "herbal remedy" and not a banned substance. A detective made the revelation in a bail hearing Wednesday after Pistorius was... more »
  • Pistorius says no intentions to kill girlfriend

    February 19, 2013 7:36 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius says he shot his girlfriend to death by mistake, thinking she was a robber. The double amputee said in an affidavit read by his lawyer at his bail hearing Tuesday that he felt vulnerable because he did not have on his prosthetic legs when... more »
  • Girlfriend's mom: Why did he do this?

    February 18, 2013 7:41 AM

    JOHANNESBURG - The mother of the model shot dead at Oscar Pistorius' house says the family wants answers following her Valentine's Day killing. June Steenkamp was quoted by the Times newspaper in South Africa in a front page interview Monday asking: "Why my little girl? ... Why did he do... more »
  • Pistorius statement disputes he committed murder

    February 15, 2013 7:53 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - A statement from the family of Oscar Pistorius and his management says they dispute the claim that he murdered his girlfriend "in the strongest terms." The statement was issued Friday after the double-amputee Olympian wept in court when prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of... more »
  • Pistorius charged with murder of girlfriend

    February 14, 2013 7:40 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after model Reeva Steenkamp was shot inside the Olympic athlete's home in South Africa. Police said a 26-year-old male would appear in court later on Thursday. Police in South Africa do not name suspects in... more »
  • Oscar Pistorius denied relay run at Olympics

    August 9, 2012 10:13 AM

    LONDON - Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius was on the track but didn't get to run in the 4x400-meter relay at the London Olympics. He never even received the baton because South Africa crashed out in the first heat Thursday morning. Pistorius got onto the track but didn't get a chance... more »

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