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Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius is free on bail pending his murder trial in South Africa after a judge's ruling that surprised many. Why was he let out?

Pistorius is free on bail - set randomly at $112,771 - despite shooting his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to death on Valentine's Day in his home.

Oscar Pistorius Cries

Yes, he's presumed innocent in a court of law, but the grisly nature of the crime made bail seem unlikely, whether you buy his defense or not.

The judge's rationale for cutting the athlete loose was several-fold:

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Oscar Pistorius was awarded bail on Friday after being charged with murdering his girlfriend. He will be free, pending his trial in a few months' time.

The ruling by Magistrate Desmond Nair was cheered by Pistorius' family and supporters at the Pretoria magistrate's court; the athlete himself was unmoved.

Oscar Pistorius Charged

The bail decision followed days of dramatic testimony about how the athlete killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury home on Valentine's Day.

Prosecutors said Oscar Pistorius committed murder when he fired four shots into a locked bathroom door, hitting his girlfriend cowering on the other side.

Steenkamp, 29, suffered gunshot wounds to her head, hip and arm.

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The Oscar Pistorius case took a strange twist after it was revealed that Hilton Botha, the lead investigator, was charged with seven counts of attempted murder.

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Prosecutors said they didn’t know Botha faces seven charges of attempted murder in connection with the October 2011 shooting of a minibus in South Africa.

Hilton Botha, a 24-year police veteran with 16 years as a detective, is slated to appear in court this May along with two other police officers in the incident.

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Was South African Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius on steroids, and was PED use at all related to the alleged murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp?

Oscar Pistorius in Court

As a bail hearing continued Wednesday in the shocking murder case, police testified that they discovered testosterone and needles inside the athlete's home.

Defense lawyers countered that Oscar Pistorius took no banned performance-enhancing drugs, describing the substances found as purely herbal.

According to the International Paralympic Committee, the star tested drug-free as recently as last September. Still, the "roid rage" questions linger.

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Oscar Pistorius swore in a South African courtroom Tuesday that he believed he was shooting an intruder last week - not girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

As the Olympian's lawyer read a sworn deposition claiming her death was an accident, prosecutors scoffed, saying he was hell-bent on murdering her.

He is charged with doing so in premeditated fashion.

Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius Picture

Pistorius says he believed an intruder was in his house on Valentine's Day and he felt vulnerable because he was in bed without his prosthetic legs.

That's why he fired bullets through a bathroom door, killing Reeva Steenkamp, who prosecutors counter was hiding from him and cowering in there.

Officials say Pistorius' motive was simple: "I want to kill."

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Olympian Oscar Pistorius was formally charged with premeditated murder in a South African courtroom today, but his attorney vehemently contested the allegations.

According to prosecutors, Pistorius fired into the door of a small bathroom where his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was cowering after an argument.

Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius

He allegedly shot her three times, killing the 30-year-old model on February 14.

"She couldn't go anywhere. You can run nowhere," prosecutor Gerrie Nel said.

As Pistorius wept in court, Nel said the couple had a fight and Reeva Steenkamp fled down the hall from the bedroom, and locked herself in the bathroom.

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A bloody cricket bat is now the center of the investigation into the death of Oscar Pistorius' model girlfriend, according to a newspaper in South Africa.

Police are unsure if Reeva Steenkamp used the bat in self-defense or if the Olympic sprinter used it, either by hitting her or breaking down a door.

Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius

Steenkamp reportedly hid in the bathroom of his home and was shot four times through the door; a report says her skull may have been crushed as well.

The City Press, a paper in their native South Africa, quotes a source as saying, "There was lots of blood on the bat. Forensic tests will show whose blood it was."

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Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend, spent her final minutes hiding behind a bathroom door before he shot her to death, a new report alleges.

The South African double-amputee Olympic sprinter pumped four bullets through the door and into the helpless blond beauty, a neighbor has claimed.

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Details of their Valentine’s Day fight, after which Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder, began to emerge as police piece together what happened.

Or what they believe happened. Pistorius' family, while offering prayers for Reeva Steenkamp, say they "strongly dispute" the alleged murder charge.

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As prosecutors formally charged Oscar Pistorius with killing model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his family issued a statement reacting to the news Friday.

"The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms," a statement read, without elaborating, offering "deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva."

Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp

"He would also like to express his thanks through us today for all the messages of support he has received," Oscar Pistorius' family members continued.

"But, as stated, our thoughts and prayers today should be for Reeva and her family - regardless of the circumstances of this terrible, terrible tragedy."

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Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears in a South African courtroom Friday after being charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The Olympic sprinter's attorneys requested to postpone the bail hearing, as did the prosecution.

He did not enter a plea and will remain in custody.

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In his first public response, Pistorius’s family and management team said in a statement that “the alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms."

The statement also said Pistorius “would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family” of Reeva Steenkamp, who died at his home at age 30.

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