South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is seen during his ongoing murder trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, March 14, 2014.
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March 20, 2014 10:17 AM EDT

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.


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