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Prosecution wraps up case against Pistorius in murder trial

PRETORIA (Reuters) - State prosecutors wrapped up their case on Tuesday against South African track star Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. Prosecutors are seeking to prove that the Olympic and Paralympic athlete tried to kill Steenkamp deliberately by firing four rounds from a 9 mm pistol through a locked toilet door after a heated argument.

Pistorius Facebook fund-raiser is fake

Oscar Pistorius's communications team has warned that a Facebook page using the athlete's name to raise money from supporters is a fake and asked for it to be taken down. The "official" Oscar Pistorius page is sending supporters a message asking for funds to cover his legal fees for his murder trial, spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said Tuesday. "They are soliciting money from unsuspecting 'followers' who have not yet come to understand that this page is run by an imposter pretending to be 'TeamOscar'," Burgess said in a statement.

Steenkamp told Pistorius he sometimes scared her

Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told the athlete she was sometimes scared of him in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, his murder trial heard Thursday. "I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me," Steenkamp said via messaging service WhatsApp after the athlete apparently created a scene thinking that she had flirted with another man. As the trial entered its fourth week, police cellphone expert Francois Moller read out several exchanges between the couple.

Steenkamp told Pistorius he sometimes scared her

Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told the athlete she was sometimes scared of him in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, his murder trial heard Thursday. "I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me," Steenkamp said via messaging service WhatsApp after the athlete apparently created a scene thinking that she had flirted with another man. As the trial entered its fourth week, police cellphone expert Francois Moller read out several exchanges between the couple.

Pistorius trial to last weeks longer than planned

The murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius for shooting dead his model girlfriend will extend weeks longer than expected, with a long list of prosecution and defence witnesses yet to take the stand. The trial was supposed to have wrapped up by now, but a court statement on Sunday said the highly-publicised hearings could extend as late as May 16.

Pistorius trial extended to May 16

The murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius for shooting dead his girlfriend has been extended until May 16, the South African court hearing the case said Sunday. The trial, which enters its fourth week on Monday, will continue until April 4, then break for a recess before resuming from April 14 until May 16, the court in Pretoria announced in a statement. It said "all parties involved" had agreed to the dates.

Highlights from Pistorius trial

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's murder trial starts its fourth week Monday, with the state expected to start wrapping up its case. The 27-year-old athlete disputes charges of premeditated murder, and says he only shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013, because he mistook her for an intruder. Here are highlights of the trial so far: - Witnesses - Four neighbours testified hearing a woman screaming and one hearing arguing voices in the dead of night on Valentines' Day last year.

Pistorius to sell home where he shot lover to cover legal fees

Oscar Pistorius plans to sell the upmarket $460,000 Pretoria house where he shot dead his girlfriend last year to cover the legal fees for his murder trial, his lawyer said Thursday. "It has become necessary to sell Mr Pistorius's home in the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria in order for him to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs," the 27-year-old's lawyer Brian Webber said in a statement. "This is due to the unexpected extension of the trial beyond the initial three-week period for which it was originally set down."

Pistorius to sell home where he shot lover to cover legal fees

Oscar Pistorius plans to sell the upmarket Pretoria house where he shot dead his girlfriend last year to cover the legal fees for his murder trial, his lawyer said Thursday. "It has become necessary to sell Mr Pistorius's home in the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria in order for him to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs," the 27-year-old's lawyer Brian Webber said in a statement. jcm/mfp

Pistorius to sell home where he shot lover to cover legal fees

Oscar Pistorius plans to sell the upmarket Pretoria house where he shot dead his girlfriend last year to cover the legal fees for his murder trial, his lawyer said Thursday. "It has become necessary to sell Mr Pistorius's home in the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria in order for him to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs," the 27-year-old's lawyer Brian Webber said in a statement. "This is due to the unexpected extension of the trial beyond the initial three-week period for which it was originally set down."
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