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Olympic Track Star Accused of Murdering Girlfriend on Valentine's Day

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

South African track star, Oscar Pistorius, was the first amputee to compete at an Olympics in the 2012 London games, and was named one of the world’s 100 most-influential people by Time magazine the same year. He had both legs amputated below the knee when he was just 11-months-old, and won six Paralympic gold medals during his track career. Now, Pistorius is facing accusations of murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day.

Pistorius was recently released on bail of 1 million rand, or the equivalent of $113,000. The judge ordered the athlete to surrender all of his firearms and passports and he will be required to report to the police station every Monday and Friday before his court appearance on June 4.

Lawyers for Pistorius claim that when their client shot Steenkamp through the locked door of a bathroom at his home, he thought she was an intruder. However, prosecutor’s for the state aren’t convinced and are charging premeditated murder, which could land Pistorius in prison for the rest of his life if he’s convicted.

In Arizona, premeditated murder is labeled as first-degree murder and is defined below:

A person commits first-degree murder if they knowingly or intentionally cause the death of another person, including an unborn child, with premeditation.

First-degree murder is charged as a class 1 felony in Arizona and is punishable by life imprisonment or death.

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