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Oscar Pistorius weeps in court as he is charged with Reeva Steenkamp murder
Oscar Pistorius held his head in his hands and wept openly in court Friday as prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder against the Olympian.
Pistorius was formally charged at Pretoria Magistrate’s Court with one count of murder after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, a model and budding reality TV show participant, was shot and killed at Pistorius’ upmarket home in the predawn hours of Thursday.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Friday in court it was premeditated murder, indicating the prosecution would file that more serious charge, upgraded from murder.
A statement from the family of Pistorius and his management followed, however, saying they dispute the claim that he murdered his girlfriend “in the strongest terms.” (AP Photo/Antione de Ras - Independent Newspapers Ltd South Africa; Waldo Swiegers/AFP/Getty Images)