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Pistorius gets bail

Friday - 2/22/2013, 11:00am  ET

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Double-amputee track star Oscar Pistorius will be allowed to go free as he awaits trial in the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend.

A magistrate in South Africa granted bail today after four days of arguments from prosecutors and defense lawyers.

He said the affidavit from Pistorius, in which he gave his version of the events that took place in his home, had helped his application for bail.

Pistorius shot and killed model Reeva Steenkamp in the predawn hours of February 14th. The athlete says he shot her accidentally, thinking she was an intruder in his house. Prosecutors say the shooting followed a loud argument between the two. They say he intended to kill her, and they've charged him with premeditated murder.

Pistorius last year became the first double-amputee runner to compete in the Olympics. He is known as the Blade Runner because of the high-tech artificial legs he uses.

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145-c-12-(Jon Gambrell, AP correspondent)-"to evade capture"-AP correspondent Jon Gambrell reports that Oscar Pistorius' status as a double-amputee Olympic athlete has come up during a bail hearing. (22 Feb 2013)

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144-c-16-(Jon Gambrell, AP correspondent)-"doesn't have legs"-AP correspondent Jon Gambrell reports a prosecutor says Oscar Pistorius shouldn't be treated any differently than anyone else charged for a similar crime. (22 Feb 2013)

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151-a-15-(Johann Marie (yoh-HAHN' MAH'-ree), Pretoria resident, in AP interview)-"maybe he shouldn't"-Pretoria resident Johann Marie says he isn't sure whether Oscar Pistorius should be freed before trial. (22 Feb 2013)

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

GRAPHICSBANK: Oscar Pistorius, South African double-amputee sprinter, partial 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)

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APPHOTO XDF104: 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)

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