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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.

Reeva Steenkamp Picture

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.

Oscar Pistorius Cries

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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Oscar Pistorius' Nike ad during the 2012 London Olympics - part of the athletic giant's "Weapon" series - declared the sprinter a "bullet in the chamber."

Given the stunning events of this morning, when Pistorius was arrested for murder in South Africa, those words have taken on a chilling new meaning.

Oscar Pistorius Nike Ad

Early Thursday, South African police arrested the double amputee and Olympic inspiration for the shooting death of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Initial reports indicated that the death was an accident, but police have refrained from definitive statements on the crime; he is due in court tomorrow.

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Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend, was a model, law school graduate, entrepreneur and advocate for the empowerment of women.

The 30-year-old was set to give an inspirational talk today at a Johannesburg school before being shot dead. Pistorius has been charged with murder.

Reeva Steenkamp Photo

She was overshadowed last year by Pistorius, a double amputee who became an Olympic track standout, holding his own against all odds - and the world.

But Reeva Steenkamp was a celebrity in her own right, having been among FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World for two years running.

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South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee "Blade Runner" who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, has been charged with murder.

Officials allege that he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, dead at his home.


Police said they had opened a murder case after a 30-year-old woman died at the track star's house after an incident in the Silverlakes gated complex.

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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa may not have captured a medal at the London Olympics, but you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger winner at the games, or in life.

This photo surfacing Sunday on Twitter proves it 1,000 times over.

It's an older image, but it resurfaced after Pistorius raced in the 400-meter semifinals. What Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, did this week is immeasurable.

Because of him, Ellie Challs, the young girl he is seen racing here, can look up to a man who faced the same obstacles as her but refuse to accept limits:

Oscar Pistorius Runs With Girl

Pistorius, nicknamed the Blade Runner after his cutting-edge prosthetic sprinting legs, inspired more than fellow amputees with his effort at the Olympics.

Though he didn't make the final, he did run well enough to make the semis and held his own against the best in the world in his track and field event.

Kirani James, the man who won the semifinal Pistorius ran in, was so moved that after the race, he held up the nameplate from Pistorius' uniform to the crowd.

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SPOILER ALERT: Oscar Pistorius made history today at the London Olympics. History that it's hard to believe will ever be duplicated.

The South African sprinter, who was born without fibulas and had hid legs amputated below the knee at 11 months old, qualified for the 400 meter semifinals today with a season-best time of 45.44 seconds.

Known as The Blade Runner, Pistorius became the first amputee to ever compete in Olympic track.

Amputee Photo

"I've worked for six years ... to get my chance," said the 25-year old, who will run again tomorrow night. "I found myself smiling in the starting block. Which is very rare in the 400 meters."

It took many years for Pistorius to receive permission to compete here.

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