Pistorius enters court room for bail hearing

JON GAMBRELL and GERALD IMRAY
February 19, 2013
FILE - In this Aug.  5, 2012 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs.  Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the home, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs. Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the home, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Olympian Oscar Pistorius has entered a magistrate's court in South Africa's capital for a bail hearing in the killing of his model girlfriend.

Prosecutors say they will press a charge of premeditated murder against the 26-year-old Paralympian and Olympic athlete. Pistorius' family says police evidence will show there should be no murder charge.

Pistorius, in a gray suit, blue shirt and tie appeared solemn on Tuesday. He nodded after the chief magistrate asked if he was well.

The shooting death in the early hours of Valentine's Day of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in Pistorius' home in a gated neighborhood has shocked South Africans and many around the world who idolized Pistorius for overcoming adversity to become a superstar, the first disabled person allowed to compete in the London Olympics last year.