South Africa: Blade Runner to Appear in Court Tuesday

By: AP
By: AP
South African track star Oscar Pistorius is scheduled for a bail hearing on Tuesday.

In this Nov. 4, 2012 photo, South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp, believed to be his girlfriend, at an awards ceremony, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was taken into custody and was expected to appear in court Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, after a 30-year-old woman who was believed to be his girlfriend was shot dead at his home in South Africa's capital, Pretoria. (AP Photo/Lucky Nxumalo-Citypress) SOUTH AFRICA OUT

JOHANNESBURG -- The longtime track coach of Oscar Pistorius says he thinks the shooting death of the double-amputee-runner's girlfriend was an accident. And the coach says he looks forward to the day when he can get Pistorius "back on the track."
The family of the woman who was shot and killed in the South African track star's home, meanwhile, says it's looking for answers. Reeva Steenkamp's mother told The Times in Johannsburg that she wants to know, "Why did this happen? Why did he do this?" She's quoted as saying, "Just like that she is gone."
Prosecutors will have a chance tomorrow in court to spell out why they believe Pistorius murdered his model-girlfriend, who was shot multiple times.
Pistorius remains in custody in a one-story police station in Pretoria. His family members deny he committed murder, though they have not addressed whether he shot her.
When word first emerged about the killing, there was speculation that Steenkamp had been mistaken for an intruder. Police say that's not something they are considering.


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