Oscar Pistorius is "numb with shock" over the shooting death of his girlfriend, the athlete's uncle said today.

The death of the 26-year-old Paralympian's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29, at his luxury home in the South African capital Pretoria on Thursday has left his whole family devastated, Arnold Pistorius said.

He revealed that they were also "battling to come to terms" with the Blade Runner athlete being arrested and charged with murdering the 30-year-old model, saying the family believed there "is no substance to the allegation".

Speaking from his home in the city, Arnold said Reeva was someone they "got to know well and care for deeply over the last few months" and that the family had all seen first hand how close she and Oscar had become and how happy they were.

"They had plans together and Oscar was happier in his private life than he had been for a long time," he said.

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Pistorius broke down in court in Pretoria on Friday

"We are all grieving for Reeva, her family and her friends.

"Oscar - as you can imagine - is also numb with shock as well as grief.

"Obviously - at the same time - we, as a family - are also battling to come to terms with Oscar being charged with murder.

"Words cannot adequately describe our feelings. The lives of our entire family have been turned upside down forever by this unimaginable human tragedy and Reeva's family have suffered a terrible loss.

"As a family we are trying to be strong and supportive to Oscar as any close family would be in these dreadful circumstances."

Steenkamp was shot dead at Pistorius' home on the Silver Lakes Golf Estate on Thursday.

Pistorius was remanded to a Pretoria police station after a hearing yesterday, at which prosecutors said they intended to pursue a case of premeditated murder against the athlete.

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Steenkamp was shot in the early hours in Pistorius' home on Thursday

The Paralympian, who won two gold medals and a silver at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, was met by a media frenzy as he arrived at the packed court house yesterday dressed in a sober grey suit and blue tie.

Earlier he had attempted to obscure his identity, covering his face with a jacket and a note pad as he was driven into the precincts.

The track superstar was supported by his father Henke, brother Carl and sister Aimee in court.

His arrest on Thursday triggered shock across the globe and prompted rumours that he may have mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder in what could have been a Valentine's Day surprise gone wrong.

But police swiftly distanced themselves from that suggestion and said there had been previous incidents of a "domestic nature" at Pistorius' property.

His family have already issued a statement in which they vowed to fight the murder charge in the "strongest terms".

Arnold Pistorius reiterated this today, saying: "After consulting with legal representatives we deeply regret the allegation of premeditated murder.

"We have no doubt there is no substance to the allegation and that the State's own case, including its own forensic evidence, strongly refutes any possibility of a premeditated murder or indeed any murder at all."

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C), flanked by bodyguards and policemen, leaves the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (2nd L) leaves the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (L) walks in front of his sister Aimee as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    (L-R) South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, flanked by his sister Aimee and his brother Carl, appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R), flanked by his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) talks with his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) talks with his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) dries a tear as he prays with his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, during his appearance at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (3rd L) stands next to his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl (2nd L), as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (L) appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19:South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (L) speaks with his lawyer Kenny Oldwage in Pretoria Magistrates Court prior to an indictment hearing on August 19, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (3rd L) prays with his sister Aimee (2nd L) and his brother Carl, as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) prays with his brother Carl Pistorius and his sister Aimee Pistorius prior to his indictment hearing in Pretoria Magistrates Court on August 19, 2013. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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    Double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, left, talks with his lawyer, Kenny Oldwage, right, at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius was indicted Monday on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of the double-amputee Olympian's girlfriend on Valentine's Day.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Oscar Pistorius, right, talks with his sister Aimee, left, during his appearance at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius arrived at the South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Murder suspect Oscar Pistorius's sister Aimee sheds a tear as she prays with her brother during his appearance at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius has arrived at a South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Oscar Pistorius appears at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius arrived at the South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius appears in the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius has arrived at the South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • In this image taken on Thursday June 27, 2013 from TV provided by ab productions via APTN, Oscar Pistorius runs at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, during his first track training session since the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. With a short beard and a blue hooded Nike sports top, the lean-looking double-amputee Olympian did some light jogging at his first formal session in around five months. He then described his return to a regular track routine as "bittersweet" to his agent. (AP Photo/ab productions via APTN)

  • In this image taken on Thursday June 27, 2013 from TV provided by ab productions via APTN, Oscar Pistorius pulls on his carbon fiber running blades at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, during his first track training session since the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. With a short beard and a blue hooded Nike sports top, the lean-looking double-amputee Olympian did some light jogging at his first formal session in around five months. He then described his return to a regular track routine as "bittersweet" to his agent. (AP Photo/ab productions via APTN)

  • Photographers take photos of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (hidden) leaves the courthouse in a car in Pretoria on February 22, 2013 after being freed on bail by a magistrate, pending a high-profile trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) is pictured as he leaves the courthouse in Pretoria on February 22, 2013 after being freed on bail by a magistrate, pending a high-profile trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, silhouetted in front vehicle, center, arrives at a relative's home in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb 22, 2013. Pistorius was released on bail and will return to court June, 4, 2013 to face a charge of pre-meditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Waldo Swiegers)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius' uncle Arnold Pistorius speaks to journalist at the end of the bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Pistorius was granted bail in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Oscar Pistorius Bail Hearing - Day 4

    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Kenny Oldwage, Attorney for Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Aimee and Carl Pistorius, brother and sister of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Ampie Louw, Coach of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Family members of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Arnold Pistorius, uncle of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo/Antoine de Ras-Star) SOUTH AFRICA OUT

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Family members of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Aimee Pistorius, sister of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Aimee and Carl Pistorius, brother and sister of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Arnold Pistorius, uncle of Oscar Pistorius (left) and Aimee Pistorius, sister of Oscar Pistorius (right) during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial) (AP Photo)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius' father Henke Pistorius, right, with his son Carl watch as Oscar Pistorius walks in during his bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo)

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo)

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on February 22, 2013. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on February 22, 2013. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The famliy of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on February 22, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)