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South Africa to Open Pistorius Murder Trial

Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has gone on trial in South Africa on charges he murdered his girlfriend at his home last year.

Pistorius was in court Monday in Pretoria, where a judge will decide the case.

Prosecutors say Pistorius killed model Reeva Steenkamp by shooting through a locked bathroom door after an argument.

He has admitted he shot her, but says he mistook Steenkamp for a nighttime intruder. If convicted of premeditated murder, he faces a life sentence.

Families for Pistorius and Steenkamp were also in court Monday, seated a few meters apart on opposite ends of a long bench.

The much-anticipated case has generated enormous media attention in South Africa and elsewhere. Parts of the trial are being broadcast live, and a South African station has launched a 24-hour channel dedicated to the proceedings.



The 27-year-old Pistorius is known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs. He competed in the 2012 London Olympics.

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