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Court Continues Pistorius Bail Hearing

South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius is in court for a second day of bail hearings, in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

In an affidavit presented in court Tuesday, Pistorius said in he was "deeply in love" with Steenkamp and had "no intention" of killing her. He says he thought he was shooting at a burglar when he fired through a bathroom door at his home early last Thursday.

Prosecutors offered a different account at the dramatic hearing, saying Pistorius put on his prosthetic legs, walked seven meters across his bedroom and shot four times through the door.

The magistrate ruled that premeditation cannot be excluded in the case, but that the charge could be downgraded later. Pre-meditated murder carries a possible lifetime prison sentence.



Investigators have said Steenkamp was shot by a nine-millimeter pistol registered to Pistorius.

Her family held a private funeral Tuesday in Port Elizabeth, while the hearing was taking place.

Pistorius is regarded as a sports hero and national icon in South Africa. He made history in August when he became the first double amputee to run at the Olympics.

He is known as the "blade runner" for competing on high-tech artificial legs.

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