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Pistorius to seek bail in girlfriend's murder

PRETORIA -- Oscar Pistorius, the South African gold-medal winning Paralympian, will seek bail Tuesday after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who in 2010 won the corruption conviction of former police chief Jackie Selebi, said he will argue that Pistorius, 26, committed premeditated murder in the Feb. 14 death of Steenkamp, 29, a model, at his Pretoria home. The hearing was postponed from last week.

The prosecution hasn't decided yet whether to oppose bail, National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Medupe Simasiku said.

Pistorius, dubbed the "Blade Runner" because of his prosthetic running blades, put his track and field career on hold indefinitely. He has canceled scheduled appearances in Australia, Brazil, the United States and Britain during the next 14 weeks, his manager, Peet Van Zyl, said. This is to allow Pistorius to focus on the court case, he said.

Arnold Pistorius, the runner's uncle, has argued that there is no substance to the allegation and said the state's evidence "strongly refutes any possibility of a premeditated murder or indeed any murder at all."

Van Zyl said he visited his client Sunday at the Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria where he's been in custody.

Pistorius, who was born without fibulas and had both legs amputated below the knee at 11 months old, has won six Paralympic gold medals. He became the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games in London last year and was included on Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most-influential people.

He competed in his first able-bodied elite event at the 2011 world championships in Daegu, South Korea. He got his chance after sport's highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in 2008 overturned a ban.

That ban prohibiting him from competing against able-bodied athletes had been imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations, which said his blades give him an advantage.

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