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Double-amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius charged with murdering his girlfriend

02.14.13 at 9:19 am ET

Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP)

Inspirational Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder Thursday in Pretoria, South Africa, accused of shooting his girlfriend inside his home.

Pistorius, a 26-year-old double-amputee who competed in the London Olympics with two artificial legs, allegedly shot Reeva Steenkamp four times in the predawn hours. The 30-year-old model died at the house.

A police spokesperson said there previously had been “allegations of a domestic nature” at the home, and “there is no other suspect involved.”

Early reports indicated Pistorius might have mistaken Steenkamp for a burglar.

“It would be premature and very irresponsible of me to say what actually happened,” Brigadier Denise Beukes said. “There have been allegations. We are not sure.”

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