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Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty Of Culpable Homicide

  • A South African judge found Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide (equivalent to manslaughter) in the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius shot her to death in his home on Valentine’s Day 2013; he claimed that he thought intruders were in his home. Yesterday, the same judge acquitted Pistorius of premeditated murder, which carried a sentence of 25 years, and homicide charges. His sentencing will take place in October. [New York Times]
  • Nicole Kidman’s father, Australian psychologist Dr. Antony Kidman, has been found dead in a hotel room in Singapore, where he was visiting Nicole’s sister, Antonia, a journalist. [US Weekly]
  • J/K! There might actually be an Iggy Azalea sex tape after all. [TMZ]

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Oscar Pistorius Acquitted Of Premeditated Murder

  • Today, South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was acquitted of premediated murder for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day last year. The judge said it could not be proved that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp; he has maintained that he accidentally shot her because thought intruders were in his home. Pistorius was found not guilty of both premeditated murder, which carried a sentence of 25 years, and homicide charges. He still faces charges for culpable homicide, which is similar to manslaughter charges in the U.S. [New York Times, NPR]
  • E! is reporting Liv Tyler is pregnant and expecting her second child. The actress is dating Dave Gardner, a friend of Kate Moss and David Beckham. Tyler has a nine-year-old son from her previous marriage to Royston Langdon. [Eonline]
  • Former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice is blaming hard liquor for his actions the night he punched his then-fiancée Janay Palmer Rice in the head, knocking her out cold, at an Atlantic City hotel. The Rices have now also become born-again Christians. Uh huh. [TMZ] Keep reading »

Reeva Steenkamp’s Texts To Oscar Pistorius Weeks Before He Killed Her Are Totally Disturbing: “I’m Scared Of You Sometimes”

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Today the prosecution rested its case in the trial of South African Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Steenkamp, a model, was found shot several times through the locked bathroom door in Pistorius’ home; he claimed that he accidentally shot her, thinking she was a burglar. Police had previously responded to “allegations of a domestic nature” at Pistorius’ home and on the night of her death, neighbors said they had heard gunshots and screams from both a man and a woman prior to the shooting. Pistorius, who is 27, has entered a plea of not guilty.

Text messages from WhatsApp between the couple were submitted as evidence and despite plenty of messages of a loving nature, they show that three weeks before her murder she was telling him “I’m scared of you sometimes” while detailing controlling and mean behavior.  Keep reading »

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Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius charged with murdering GF Reeva Steenkamp. Read More »
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Oscar Pistorius is granted bail in the murder of his girlfriend. Read More »

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After days of testimony from both the prosecution and defense, a South African magistrate has granted Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius — accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp — bail. In delivering his decision, the magistrate pointed out that there are many holes in Pistorius’s defense — Pistorius admits he shot Steenkamp, but says he thought she was a home intruder — but that the prosecution had failed to prove that Pistorius is a flight risk and that he is has a history of violent behavior. “I appreciate that a person is dead, but I do not necessarily think that is enough” to prove he is violent, the magistrate explained. More info on the decision at the links. [Feministing, BBC]

Pistorius Case: Witness Heard Woman Scream, More Gunshots

Police labeled Oscar Pistorius a flight risk as his bail hearing resumed in South Africa today, reports the AP. Prosecutors, who accuse the athlete of premeditated murder, told the court that a witness heard “nonstop talking, like fighting” from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. on the night girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot, The New York Times reports. The morning’s main witness was the first officer to arrive on the scene, reports the BBC, and he told the court that “we have [the] statement of a person who said after he heard gunshots, he went to his balcony and saw the light was on. Then he heard a female screaming two-three times, then more gunshots.” Pistorius told the court yesterday he thought he was shooting a burglarwhen he fired through a bathroom door. Read more…

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