Pistorius goes free on bail

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Associated Press

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 12:34 PM

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Nine days after his arrest in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius has been released on bail.

A magistrate in South Africa set the amount at $113,000 today, and said Pistorius also has to turn over his passports and any other guns that he owns. Ten percent of the bail amount had to be posted up front, along with proof that the rest is available.

The track star left the courthouse a little more than an hour later. His next court appearance is set for June.

The magistrate ruled that Pistorius could not return to his home in a gated community east of Pretoria, where the killing of Reeva Steenkamp took place.

Defense lawyers say they are satisfied with the bail decision. Prosecutors had opposed it, saying Pistorius was a flight risk.

Pistorius' uncle says family members are "relieved" that he was released on bail, but that they are "in mourning" for the death of Steenkamp.

Pistorius has said he shot her by accident, thinking he was firing at an intruder. Prosecutors say the shooting followed a loud argument between the two, and that the shooting was deliberate and premeditated.

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183-a-11-(Medupe Simasiku (meh-DOO'-pay see-mah-SEE'-koo), spokesman, South Africa's Prosecuting Authority, with reporters after bail was granted)-"with the forensics"-Prosecution spokesman Medupe Simasiku says the state will be able to present more evidence against Pistorius than what they showed at the bail hearing. ((note accent and length of cut)) (22 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *183 (02/22/13)>> 00:11 "with the forensics"

182-a-16-(Medupe Simasiku (meh-DOO'-pay see-mah-SEE'-koo), spokesman, South Africa's Prosecuting Authority, with reporters after bail was granted)-"put to him"-Prosecution spokesman Medupe Simasiku doesn't place too much weight on the court's criticism of their case against Pistorius. ((note accent and length of cut)) (22 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *182 (02/22/13)>> 00:16 "put to him"

179-a-17-(Arnold Pistorius, uncle of paralympian Oscar Pistorius, with reporters after bail was granted)-"with her family"-Arnold Pistorius, uncle of the Olympican Oscar Pistorius, expresses mixed emotions. ((note length of cut)) (22 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *179 (02/22/13)>> 00:17 "with her family"

175-a-08-(Anes (AH'-nehs) Smith, fan of Oscar Pistorius, with reporters outside court after the judge granted bail)-"couldn't do it"-Anes Smith is a Pistorius fan who believes he's innocent. ((note audio quality)) (22 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *175 (02/22/13)>> 00:08 "couldn't do it"

GRAPHICSBANK: Oscar Pistorius, South African double-amputee sprinter, partial graphic (22 Feb 2013)

GRAPHICSBANK: Oscar Pistorius, South African double-amputee sprinter, lettering "BAIL DECISION", finished graphic (22 Feb 2013)

APPHOTO XDF105: Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo) (22 Feb 2013)

<<APPHOTO XDF105 (02/22/13)>>

APPHOTO XDF103: Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo) (22 Feb 2013)

<<APPHOTO XDF103 (02/22/13)>>

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