Thursday, February 14, 2013

Accident? He May Not Have a Leg to Stand On

I am just astounded by this report that Olympian Oscar Pistorius, who broke all kinds of barriers for the disabled by competing in the regular track events in the 2012 London Olympics, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend.

It's just unreal:

The development stunned a nation that had elevated Mr. Pistorius to iconic status because of his ability to overcome acute adversity and represent South Africa’s achievements on the world stage.

Confirming the charges, police officials said they planned to oppose Mr. Pistorius’s expected application for bail at a court hearing scheduled for Friday. The police had initially said he would appear in court later on Thursday.

South African and other media quoted associates of the victim as identifying her as Reeva Steenkamp, a model whose Twitter page described her as a “cover girl” and a law school graduate. Ms. Steenkamp and Mr. Pistorius had frequently been seen together at society events and South African media identified her as his girlfriend, giving them the aura of a golden couple beloved by the society pages and photographers.

Pistorius allegedly mistook his girlfriend for an intruder.

Oscar looks like he will be South Africa's answer to O.J. Simpson. At least he doesn't have the same initials.

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