Pistorius granted bail by South African magistrate


JOHANNESBURG — Although South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was released from custody on bail Friday, analysts say he faces significant hurdles in trying to beat murder charges for his girlfriend’s shooting death.

Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair, who ruled Pistorius was not a flight risk and could be released on $115,000 bail, said he had difficulties with “improbabilities” in Pistorius’ account of what happened at his Pretoria home in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.

Pistorius, the double amputee runner who used carbon-fiber legs to compete in last year’s London Olympics, is accused of premeditated murder in the fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp, 29.


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