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Witness says Oscar Pistorius asked friend to take blame for separate shooting

Reeva Steenkamp Oscar PistoriusThe Oscar Pistorius murder trial began in South Africa on on Monday, and already we have learned of another alleged incident involving the six-time Paralympic gold medalist. On Wednesday, professional boxer Kenin Lorena took the stand as a surprise witness to talk about the time he claims Pistorius accidentally fired a gun in a crowded restaurant.

Lerena said the incident occurred on Jan. 11, 2013 — one month before Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Lerena said he, Pistorius and two other friends, Darren Fresco and Martin Rooney, were dining at an upscale restaurant in Johannesburg when Fresco handed Pistorius a firearm under the table and said “there’s one up.” Lerena interpreted that to mean there was a round in the chamber.

In a testimony that was passed along by ABC News, Lerena told the court that a shot went off moments later and the dining room went silent. Lerena said the bullet grazed his toe and that he went to the bathroom to tend to the injury. He said that Pistorius apologized repeatedly and asked if everyone was OK.

After apologizing, Pistorius allegedly “begged” Fresco to take the blame for the shot going off so Oscar could avoid negative publicity.

“Please Darren, just say it was you,” Lerena recalled Pistorius saying. “I don’t want any tension around me.”

The managers of the restaurant then came over to investigate the incident and Fresco said the shot was his fault. Lerena said Fresco apologized to restaurant owner Jason Loupis.

“Sorry Jason, my gun fell out of my pants,” Fresco allegedly said.

The group then paid their bill and left, according to Lerena.

Pistorius, who saw his contract suspended by Nike last year, could face at least 25 years in prison if convicted.

Report: Reeva Steenkamp may have told Oscar Pistorius she was pregnant

Reeva Steenkamp Oscar PistoriusA report from the National Enquirer says that police believe Reeva Steenkamp may have revealed to Oscar Pistorius that she was pregnant, leading to a fight between them that left her shot to death on Valentine’s Day.

Pistorius was granted bail last week but is still facing charges of premeditated murder. Pistorius has said that he thought Steenkamp, his girlfriend of three months, was an intruder in his home and that he shot her accidentally. Reports also say he tried to resuscitate her after she was shot.

Prosecutors are arguing that Pistorius murdered Steenkamp by shooting her four times after they had a fight. Reports have said that Pistorius may have been jealous over text messages Steenkamp supposedly traded with rugby player Francois Hougaard. The Enquirer is adding a new detail, saying that police believe she may have told Oscar she was pregnant.

“Police believe the preg­nancy secret she revealed is what sent Pistorius over the edge and left her dead, with bullet wounds to the head, chest, pelvis and hand,” an insider close to investigation told The ENQUIRER.

“Police theorize that Pisto­rius was in a rage – possibly induced by the illegal steroids that were later recovered in his home – and bludgeoned Reeva with a cricket bat during a fierce argument,” said the source. “When police found the bat, there was lots of blood on it.

“Investigators believe Pistorius shot the young woman once while they were fighting.”

This theory also states that Steenkamp hid in the bathroom after getting shot once, and that Pistorius shot through the bathroom door three more times to kill her.

This is certainly a wild suggestion, and a lot of it hinges on whether you believe The Enquirer and its source. An autopsy would determine whether or not Steenkamp was pregnant.

At this point I find Pistorius’ story somewhat difficult to believe. If Steenkamp had spent the night in his room, why would he recklessly fire into the bathroom believing there was an intruder without checking to see where she was first?

This story has had an incredible amount of turns. Not only is Pistorius facing murder charges, but so are Pistorius’ brother and the case’s original prosecutor for cases that were recently reinstated.

H/T Daily Mail via Erik Malinowski

Nike suspends contract with Oscar Pistorius

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Nike has decided to suspend its contract with Oscar Pistorius as the sprinter is investigated for charges of attempted murder.

“Nike has suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius. We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely,” the sports apparel giant said in a statement, via The Oregonian.

Pistorius also had his contract suspended by Oakley on Monday.

Nike is one of the most loyal companies to its star sports figures, so it takes something of this magnitude for them to waiver in support of an endorser. They initially stood by Joe Paterno while Penn State was exposed for the Jerry Sandusky scandal; they stood by Tiger Woods as his sex scandal unfolded; and they re-signed Michael Vick even after he served time in prison for dogfighting charges. But Nike dropped Lance Armstrong last October, and they have suspended their deal with Pistorius. It hasn’t exactly been a banner year for the swoosh in terms of endorsers.

My guess is they’re going to end up dropping him before too long; the reported evidence isn’t exactly looking good for Pistorius.

Police investigating bloody cricket bat found in Oscar Pistorius’ home

The evidence seems to be piling up against South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius. Over the weekend, a report surfaced that indicates a bloodied cricket bat has been found in “Blade Runner’s” home and has become a central piece of evidence in the murder investigation. The City Press reports that police are investigating a number of possible scenarios involving the bat, one of which is that Pistorius used it to brutally beat 30-year-old Reeva Steenkamp.

The police are also looking into the possibility that Steenkamp used the bat in self defense or that Pistorius used it to break down the bathroom door that she was reportedly hiding behind. A source told the City Press that there was “lots of blood” on the bat and that forensic tests will reveal who it belongs to. Steenkamp’s skull was reportedly “crushed” when police arrived on the scene at Pistorius’ home.

As we know, South African prosecutors are accusing Pistorius of the premeditated murder of Steenkamp. The City Press reportedly interviewed three sources close to the investigation, all of who have ruled out the possibility that Pistorius could have mistaken Steenkamp for a intruder. Police found no evidence of forced entry into the home.

In addition, police say Steenkamp was wearing a nightgown at the time she was murdered. They also found an overnight bag that belonged to her on the floor in Pistorius’ bedroom. The sheets and blankets on the bed were reportedly ruffled, with a police source saying that it was “clear” both Steenkamp and Pistorius had slept in the bed.

“The suspicion is that the first shot, in the bedroom, hit her in the hip,” a source said of the theory surrounding the case. “She then ran and locked herself in the toilet. She was doubled over because of the pain. He fired three more shots. She probably covered her head, which is why the bullet also went through her hand.”

Last week, neighbors revealed that Pistorius had had previous “domestic incidents” at his home. Oscar’s team of lawyers are working to prove that the shooting was an accident, but the evidence for the contrary is piling up rapidly.

Neighbors say Oscar Pistorius had previous ‘domestic’ incidents at house

Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appeared in South African court on Friday, where he is being accused of the “premeditated” murder of his girlfriend. Early Thursday morning, Pistorius shot and killed 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp during what he claims was a tragic accident. Pistorius said he mistakenly thought Steenkamp was an intruder in his home.

Prosecutors are trying to prove that the shooting was no accident, while Pistorius’ agent says that the murder is being disputed in “the strongest terms.”

According to NBCNews.com, police say neighbors heard noises before the shots were fired. The fact that Pistorius reportedly fired the shots through a bathroom door seems to support the claim that he believed Steenkamp was an intruder. For what it’s worth, police also said neighbors claim there had been previous “domestic” incidents at the house.

On Thursday, Steenkamp’s publicist told TODAY that there was no sign of discord between Oscar and Reeva and described Pistorius as a “charming, great guy.”

It’s clearly far too early to know what happened, but as expected there is no shortage of theories. Most people seem to want to believe that Pistorius would never intentionally murder his girlfriend. I’m one of those people, but I’m not going to form an opinion until more details emerge.

Newspapers attempt to put Oscar Pistorius murder charge into words

Oscar Pistorius is a hero in South Africa. The man they call “Blade Runner” is an Olympic legend and has served as an inspiration for thousands of people in his home country and around the world. As you can imagine, Pistorius’ arrest and murder charge has led to sadness and confusion for many South Africans. The country’s major newspaper publications have been dealing with the task of trying to put the incident into words.

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Below you will see the way a third South African paper, The Witness, summed up the incident, in addition to the hard-hitting cover that The Sun decided to run in Great Britain.

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Nike briefly ran Oscar Pistorius ‘bullet in the chamber’ ad before shooting (Picture)

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Talk about an unfortunate coincidence.

Early Thursday morning, South Afrian sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who is known in the sports world as “Blade Runner” because of his prosthetic legs, allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend after mistaking her for an intruder in his home. Pistorius has been arrested in connection with the case. Multiple sources reported that Pistorius’ girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, is believed to have been delivering a Valentine’s Day surprise for Oscar.

The advertisement you see above appeared on Pistorius’ website before the incident occurred and has since been pulled. As you can see, it said “I am the bullet in the chamber” alongside a picture of the world famous sprinter. Of all the analogies that can be made to describe Pistorius’ remarkable story, this has to be one of the worst that Nike could have come up with. Of course, they had no way of knowing what would occur. That doesn’t make the banner any less eery.

H/T Deadspin