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Oscar Pistorius Is Selling The House Where Steenkamp Was Killed

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is seen during his ongoing murder trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, March 14, 2014.
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is seen during his ongoing murder trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, March 14, 2014. Phill Magakoe—EPA

The attorney for Oscar Pistorius says the double-amputee sprinter is selling the house in South Africa where he fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 in order to cover legal fees for his murder trial

Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic athlete on trial for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, is selling the house where she was killed to raise money for his legal fees, his lawyer said Thursday.

Pistorius is selling the gated community villa because the trial that began March 3 will go beyond the expected three-week duration, his lawyer, Brian Webber, said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

The double-amputee sprinter has not returned to the house since he shot Reeva Steenkamp in an upstairs bathroom last year, Webber said. He added that the athlete “cannot contemplate ever returning to live there again.” The house was handed over to police after the shooting.

Pistorius has said he believed Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot at the bathroom door, killing Steenkamp.

[AP]

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