Olympic 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius Charged in Girlfriend's Death

Olympic 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius Charged in Girlfriend's Death

February 14, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM CDT

According to a report from NBC News, Olympic and Paralympic star sprinter Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder Thursday after his girlfriend was shot dead at his South African home.

According to the NBC News report:

South African Police spokeswoman Denise Beukes said that Pistorius, 26, and the victim were the only people present when the shooting took place. The woman had been shot at least twice, police said.

Pistorius will appear for a court hearing on Friday at 9am local time, the South African prosecutor’s office confirmed.

Numerous media outlets reported that the sprinter -- who is nicknamed "Blade Runner" because he races wearing carbon fiber prosthetic blades -- may have mistaken the woman for an intruder.

Read the NBC News coverage HERE.

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