Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is being released on bail.
The magistrate, after reading a lengthy decision, concluded that Pistorius has made his case and is to be released on bail.
Pistorius’ family and friends erupted in cheers after the decision. The Olympian was then taken back to a holding cell.
Arnold Pistorius, Oscar’s uncle, spoke on behalf of the Pistorius family. He said, “Although we are obviously relieved that Oscar has been granted bail, this is still a very sad time for the family of Reeva and for us.”
“We are grateful that the Magistrate recognized the validity and strength of our application. As the family, we are convinced that Oscar’s version of what happened on that terrible night will prove to be true.”
The 26-year-old will be free on bail for the six to eight months before his trial.
Pistorius claims he accidentally shot Steenkamp after he mistook her for a burglar. However, the Prosecution claims that the couple was arguing just before the shooting.
After the bail hearing, the prosecutor said they are still confident that they have enough evidence to convict him.
Pistorius’ bail conditions include: banning him from leaving the country; handing over his passports; banning him from returning to his him until it is cleared as an active crime scene; banning him from leaving the Pretoria area without permission; visiting a police station on a daily basis and be available to a probation officer at all times via cellphone; banning him from communicating with the prosecution’s witnesses; banning from drinking alcohol; and handing over his firearms.
The court set bail at $113,000 (1 million rand). Pistorius’ next court appearance was also set for June 4.
Pistorius became South Africa’s hero when he competed at the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.
Take a look at the Oscar Pistorius’ timeline at the time of Reeva’s death:
Many of Pistorius’ fans held signs of support outside of the courtroom.
Do you believe Oscar’s story?
When reports of Paralympian athlete, Oscar Pistorius, killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, surfaced this morning, many wondered who she was.
Steenkamp was Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend, reality star, international model, and law school grad.
Pistorious, 26, was charged in her murder this morning.
The 30-year-old South African beauty died of gunshot wounds to the head and arm. Reports say that Pistorious may have killed her, but unconfirmed reports say that he may have accidentally shot her when he had mistaken her for an intruder.
The couple were famous in their native South Africa and had dubbed the “Posh and Becks of South Africa.”
But Steenkamp was more than a pretty face. She received a law degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She was also set to appear on the fifth season premier of Tropika Island of Treasure, a popular reality show in South Africa.
Among other things, Steenkamp was the face of Avon in South Africa and became famous from her cover shoot on FHM Magazine’s December 2011 issue.
The model told “The Herald” that she planned on getting back into law. She told “The Weekend Post” that she made an application to the Bar last year, but got a call from the FHM photo shoot. She decided to take the FHM opportunity instead. She called it “destiny and faith.”
Steenkamp spoke candidly about her relationship with Pistorius. She had called him “beautiful” on Twitter and told reporters at the Virgin Active Sports Industry Awards that Pistorius has “impeccable” taste in gifts.
“His gifts are always thoughtful,” she said.
Steenkamp loved using Instagram where she posted about love, life and the things that were important to her.
One recent photo was captioned: “woke up in a happy safe home this morning. Not everyone did. Speak out against the rape…” Two of her previous posts was a wedding dress and a quote about love.
Do you think Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp?
Roderick ‘RJ’ Arrington Jr., was admitted to a hospital on Nov 29. Hospital personnel said the boy was unresponsive at the time. They noticed severe bruising and brain swelling. RJ died the next day.
The boy’s mother, Dina Palmer, 27, and stepfather, Markiece Palmer, 34, were arrested and charged with the boy’s murder. According to investigators, Mrs. Palmer “stood by and let her husband” beat the boy to the death.
According to KLAS, the report showed “open abrasions on [Arrington's] buttock, severe bruising to his thighs, marks and bruises on his back and shoulders and evidence of previous beatings.”
Mr. Palmer said he spanked RJ on Nov 27 for lying about reading the Bible. He admitted to spanking the boy the next day for not finishing his homework, according to police.
Police say that Mr. Palmer beat the boy with a spatula, belt and possibly a wooden paddle. Mrs. Palmer allegedly hit her son with a belt and her hand.
The couple called a pastor before dialing 911. According to KSN, Pastor Holingsworth was shocked that Markiece Palmer called him before emergency personnel.
The Palmers each face charges of murder, child abuse and neglect.
A woman confessed to cutting up two lovers, freezing them, and burying them under a cellar in her store in Vienna.
Estabaliz Carranza, a 34-year-old woman had been dubbed the “Ice Lady” by the media.
Her victims were her ex-husband and her lover. She confessed that shot both victims with a .22 caliber Beretta pistol, chopped the bodies up with a chainsaw, and stuffed it in the freezer. She buried them eventually in the cellar of her store.
Carranza told courts that her husband, Holger Holz, changed after their wedding. Things became worse after they were kicked out of their apartment and moved into the ice cream shop.
Carranza shot Holz after he wouldn’t move out after the divorce. She shot him twice in the back of the head as he sat at his computer.
She began her relationship with the second victim, an ice cream machine salesman named Manfred Hinterberger. He left her shortly after her divorce from her Holz. Then he came back a year later after being thrown out by his girlfriend.
She took Hinterberger back, but found sex messages on phone and a profile on a dating site.
After he came home one night, they had an argument about him flirting with another woman.
“He turned to the wall and began snoring. He just turned around and that was the end of the matter for him. I was so furious,” Carranza said.
She then took the same pistol she had used to kill her ex-husband, loaded it, and shot him in his sleep.
The trial will run until Thursday.
A man accused of first degree murder dumps water on his attorney saying “You sold me out!”
Jerome Power, 50, grabbed a cup of water and poured it over his lawyer’s head. The incident caught the judge and deputies off guard.
HIs attorney, Steve Addington, was representing him in his first-degree murder trial.
After dumping water on Addington, Power said, “It should have been a mistrial.”
“You sold me out!”
Power was accused of strangling Doris Bevins, 68, in her home on Sep. 19, 2010. Police found Powers still inside the home when they responded to the 911 call from Bevin’s friend.
As the jurors were leaving to start deliberations, Power grabbed the water and poured it on Addington. Most of the jurors were surprised and some stopped to see what was happening.
Whoah… not a good thing to do right in front of the jurors.
What do you think? Would the jurors doubt Power’s innocence after his actions?
The name John McAfee should sound familiar to you. He is the founder of the antivirus software McAfee, who sold his company in 2010 to Intel for 7 billion dollars. He has been living in Belize for some time now and is now the prime suspect for the murder of an American, Gregory Faull.
McAfee and Faull got into an argument at Faull’s San Pedro Town home on the island of Ambergris Caye. Faull was found face up laying in a pool of his own blood.
Faull had filled a claim to the mayor about McAfee firing shots and exhibiting roguish behaviour but the police have yet to establish a motive for the murder.
A body was found encased in concrete in a backyard.
Police charged twin brothers with murder in the death of the man whose body was placed in a plastic tub filled with concrete and buried in the backyard of their Georgia home.
Christopher and William Cormier, twin brothers, were charged.
Medical examiners reported that the man died of blunt force trauma to his head and that the man suffered several injuries.
Police have not identified the body. However, they believe the man was 30-year-old Sean Dugas of Pensacola, Florida who had been missing.
Investigators say that Dugas knew the Cormiers through a comic book shop in Florida. They were involved in a trading card game.
A professional tennis umpire kills her husband with a coffee mug.
Lois Goodman says she thought her 80-year-old husband had a heart attack and fell.
Officers said that there was too much blood and that the amount of blood was not consistent of a fall. Police also found a broken coffee mug.
Police say pieces of ceramic were found in the husband’s skull which made them suspicious of Goodman’s story.
She was arrested yesterday for the murder of her husband.
She wore her umpire’s uniform when she was taken in. Apparently, she was set to umpire in the U.S. Open.
Motive for the murder is still under investigation.
A 20-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing her fiance for giving her a cheap mother’s day gift.
Paige Parkerson is charged with first-degree felony murder in the stabbing death of her fiance, 22-year-old Clifton “JR” Barkin. They have two children together.
Evetta Wright, Barkin’s mother told the Beaumont Enterprise that she received a call from Parkerson Monday morning telling her that her son was dead.
Ms. Wright said that she and Barkin drove to Walmart to purchase a Mother’s Day card and flowers for Parkerson. She dropped him off around 11:30pm at the home he shared with Parkerson Sunday night. She believes that Parkerson attacked him because she wanted a more extravagant gift.
According to the Houston Chronicle report, Parkerson lists her favorite quote on Facebook as, “If looks could kill I would be da murder of all my haters.”
She is held on a $75,000 bond at the Jefferson County Jail.