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Pistorius Seeks Settlement with Victim's Family

Olympian Oscar Pistorius poses with girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in Johannesburg, Jan. 26, 2013, less than a month before her death.
Olympian Oscar Pistorius poses with girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in Johannesburg, Jan. 26, 2013, less than a month before her death.
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Talks are under way between lawyers for South African track star Oscar Pistorius and the family of his slain girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Steenkamp family attorney Petrus de Bruyn confirmed Tuesday that discussions had been taking place but he declined to provide details.

The Times newspaper says the Steenkamp family is seeking compensation in a civil lawsuit and Pistorius' camp wants to settle the matter before his murder trial begins in March.

Steenkamp and her half-brother had been providing financial support to their parents.

Pistorius appeared in a Pretoria court Monday, where he was officially charged with murdering Steenkamp at his home earlier this year. If convicted of premeditated murder, he faces a life sentence.

Pistorius has admitted to shooting Steenkamp, but insists he thought she was an intruder.

His trial is set to begin in March.

The athlete is known as the "blade runner" for his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs.

He became an inspiration to millions as the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied participants at the 2012 London Olympics.

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by: Adrian from: Australia
August 20, 2013 9:48 AM
Pistorius's story makes sense and looks likely to stand up to scrutiny, I think. When you think that there is an intruder, you panic and do irrational things. It is hard to imagine him murdering her in that way where he admits to being the one to have shot her. There are plenty of safer ways to murder someone. There is also no motive for him to murder her. There was clearly no issue between the two if she just got up to go to the toilet. The only alternative to accident is if he was on drugs of some kind and was hallucinating, but there doesn't seem to be evidence of that either. I am pretty much 100% sure he will be found not guilty.


by: Florian from: Botucatu, Brazil
August 20, 2013 9:21 AM
It's hard to beleive that someone would shot in two diferent moments, one dragging himself and another with his prosthetic legs on without even looking at the bed and check if his girlfriend was there.

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by: NYJ from: NYC
August 20, 2013 1:38 PM
@CMoney

Ease up. Florian's in Brazil and English probably isn't his first language and yet it's still perfectly intelligible.

How's your Portuguese, tough guy?

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