October 17, 2014 |
OSCAR PISTORIUS must "pay for what he's done" and his apology to the family of the girlfriend he killed was not sincere, a cousin of Reeva Steenkamp said yesterday as testimonies wrapped up in South Africa. Kim Martin spoke on the fourth day of the sentencing portion of the double-amputee Olympian's trial. Following the testimony and final arguments, Judge Thokozile Masipa will rule on the punishment for Pistorius after convicting him of culpable homicide for shooting Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home.
July 2, 2014 |
OSCAR PISTORIUS was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, according to psychiatric reports submitted yesterday at the Olympic athlete's murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa. The conclusions by a panel of experts, read aloud by chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel, appeared to remove the possibility that the double-amputee runner could be declared not guilty because of a mental disorder, which would result in his being committed to a mental institution.
March 12, 2014 |
OSCAR PISTORIUS vomited in the dock and retched repeatedly and loudly at his murder trial yesterday in Pretoria, South Africa, as he heard graphic details of the injuries sustained by the girlfriend he shot, including a head wound that was probably instantly fatal according to the pathologist who performed her autopsy. Reeva Steenkamp was shot with bullets designed to expand on impact and cause maximum damage, Prof. Gert Saayman testified after he identified the type of bullet from fragments in Steenkamp's skull.
August 15, 2013 |
THE FATE of a plan to renovate the Houston Astrodome, an iconic stadium that has fallen into disrepair since it was shuttered 4 years ago, will be in the hands of voters this fall. Harris County commissioners yesterday approved placing a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot that will ask voters to authorize up to $217 million in bonds to pay for a plan to turn the stadium into a giant convention center and exhibition space. "We have to give it to the voters," County Judge Ed Emmett said.
March 12, 2013 |
INVESTIGATORS IN North Carolina say a Georgia-based sports agent violated sports-agent laws by sending cash payments to former Tar Heels football players. In search warrants unsealed Monday, investigators with the Secretary of State's office say Terry Watson of the Watson Sports Agency sent $2,000 cash in 2010 to Marvin Austin, who was dismissed from the team that year for receiving improper benefits. They also say Watson had contact with players before registering with the state.
March 8, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG - The former lead detective in South Africa's investigation of the murder case against Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has resigned from the police force, police said Thursday. The decision by detective Hilton Botha to quit followed criticism for his bungling of the investigation into Pistorius' shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, as well as the revelation that he faced attempted murder charges for a 2011 case in which he fired at a vehicle. The police force as a whole came under scrutiny for the initial decision to assign Botha, a relatively junior officer, to a high-profile case involving an international celebrity.
February 28, 2013
Missing couple are safe in Peru LIMA, Peru - Peru's tourism minister said Wednesday that he spoke with a young California man who has been reported missing along with his girlfriend for more than a month and that the couple were navigating an Amazon tributary headed for Ecuador. Jose Luis Silva said that when he told Garrett Hand, 25, about all the commotion he and girlfriend Jamie Neal caused by failing to notify relatives of their whereabouts, Hand was surprised and laughed, saying that everything in Peru was "fantastic.
February 26, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius informed authorities Monday that he wanted to resume athletic training while on bail for the murder case against him, a government official said. A spokeswoman for the Olympic runner, however, denied that he was making immediate plans to return to the track while awaiting trial for the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. "Absolutely not," said spokeswoman Janine Hills. "He is currently in mourning, and his focus is not on his sports.
February 26, 2013 |
O SCAR PISTORIUS on Monday informed South African authorities that he wants to resume athletic training while on bail for the murder case against him, a government official said. A spokeswoman for the Olympic runner, however, denied that he was making immediate plans to return to the track while awaiting trial for the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The double-amputee Paralympian discussed bail terms with his probation officer and a correctional official at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court in the capital, according to correctional officials.
February 25, 2013 |
THE MURDER case involving Olympic star Oscar Pistorius took another unexpected turn Sunday with the news that his older brother, Carl, is himself facing charges for the death of a woman in a traffic accident. Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for a 2008 road death, "in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life," Kenneth Oldwage, the Pistorius family lawyer, said Sunday. The accident happened in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg, South Africa.