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Pistorius granted bail
2013-02-22 10:07:17 | (0 Comments)
(AP) — Olympian Oscar Pistorius was granted bail today, paving the way for him to be freed from custody, pending his trial in the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp - AP Photo.
Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair made the ruling Friday, after four days of arguments from prosecution and defense in Pistorius' bail hearing, and after spending about one hour and 45 minutes announcing his decision.
Nair said Pistorius' affidavit, in which he gave his version of the events of the shooting on February 14 in a sworn statement, had helped his application for bail in Pretoria Magistrate's Court.
Pistorius' supporters shouted "Yes" when the magistrate made his ruling.
Nair then ordered a court break before establishing the terms of the bail.
Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp in the predawn hours of February 14.
The athlete says he shot his girlfriend accidentally believing she was an intruder in his house.
Prosecutors say he intended to kill Steenkamp and charged him with premeditated murder, saying the shooting followed a loud argument between the two.
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