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Pistorius' brother charged with homicide

Feb. 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM   |   Comments

VANDERBIJLPARK, South Africa, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The older brother of South African Olympic runner and shooting suspect Oscar Pistorius has been charged in the death of a motorcyclist, officials said.

Carl Pistorius was charged with culpable homicide for the 2010 of a female motorcyclist, African broadcaster eNCA reported Sunday.

Prosecutors said the elder Pistorius was allegedly driving recklessly in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, when he crashed into the motorcyclist, killing her. His lawyer said Carl Pistorius was not driving recklessly and the motorcyclist drove into his vehicle, CNN reported.

Carl Pistorius' case was scheduled to go to trial Thursday -- the day before Oscar was granted bail -- but was rescheduled for the end of March. He had asked the court to delay his trial so he could support his brother, who is charged with premeditated murder in the death of his model girlfriend.

Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter internationally known as "Blade Runner," said he accidentally shot Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day, believing her to be an intruder.

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