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Oscar Pistorius sells house where he killed girlfriend

May 30, 2014, 8:55 AM EST

Oscar Pistorius House AP

Oscar Pistorius has sold the house in which he fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.

One of Pistorius’ laywers said in March that the runner was selling the house to pay for legal costs associated with the trial. The trial began March 3, was first slated to run until March 20, but will now run into at least July. It is currently on break as Pistorius undergoes a mental evalution and will resume June 30.

“Due to the delay in finalizing the trial, the decision to urgently dispose of his single biggest asset, has had to be made,” lawyer Brian Webber said in a March 20 statement.

Pistorius had access to the house, valued at over $450,000 at last year’s bail hearing, for over a year since the shooting but had not returned as of March 20, leaving it sealed. Terms of the sale were not disclosed by Webber on Friday, but the lawyer said all of Pistorius’ personal items have been removed.

“Mr. Pistorius cannot contemplate ever returning to live there again,” the March 20 statement read.

Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, said he thought an intruder was locked inside his bathroom when he shot four times through a locked door, hitting and killing Steenkamp inside last year. He has not claimed he was mentally incapacitated at the time.

He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder. If not found guilty of premeditated murder, Pistorius could be convicted of culpable homicide, South Africa’s version of manslaughter for negligent killing.

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  1. warrenlevine - May 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    hm. testing first comment doesn’t show.

  2. warrenlevine - May 31, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Going to try this again….

    I’ve been watching the Pistorius murder trial religiously, staying up all night on the west coast in order to watch the live streaming coverage from Pretoria. I’ve also kept close track of the statements Pistorius has made in what the court refers to as “his version” and in his testimony (his “evidence”), on the witness stand and it all adds up to the worst single piece of fiction I’ve seen since Stephen King’s “Under The Dome.” I called it “The Nine Faces of Oscar Pistorius.” and you can read it here: http://wp.me/s1E1gT-op9 It was not easy watching him on the stand given all the whining he’s prone to.

    Given that he will likely spend the next twenty-five years to life on this charge, plus whatever the court gives him for the other firearms violations, he’s smart for selling his house now, while he still controls the assets. Roux may not be the best defense attorney in South Africa, but he’s not the cheapest either.

    I really do hope this trial is over before Aaron Hernandez’ murder trials start. I’d like to get these murderers dispatched before football season starts in September.

  3. warrenlevine - May 31, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Reblogged this on warrenlevine.wordpress.com and commented:
    Pistorius Sells Crime Scene

  4. dora26 - May 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    I wonder if he thinks it was worth it?

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