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Oscar Pistorius awaits the start of court proceedings while his brother Carl, left, looks on, in the Pretoria Magistrates court on Tuesday. Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was applying for bail after being charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house.

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Prosecutors: Pistorius shot cowering girlfriend through bathroom door

The start of the murder trial of famed double-amputee track athlete Oscar Pistorius of South Africa got under way Tuesday as prosecutors allege premeditated murder.

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