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Oscar Pistorius murder charge sought by prosecutors

  • South African prosecutors on Tuesday started an appeal hearing on whether Paralympian Oscar Pistorius should be convicted of murder instead of culpable homicide. Pistorius, 28, was convicted of culpable homicide by the Pretoria High Court in October 2014 after he shot dead his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, whom he allegedly mistook for an intruder at his residence on Valentine's Day 2013. The Paralympian was released from prison on October 19 after serving one year of his five-year term for killing Steenkamp and is currently under house arrest, and is not attending the hearing at South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. He could be sent back to jail if appeal judges overturn the original verdict. State prosecutor Gerrie Nel has been outlining the state's case for the verdict to be changed to murder from culpable homicide, or manslaughter. (Source: IANS)