Pistorius pleads not guilty at murder trial

Mar 03, 2014, 6:08 AM EST
 People walk past North Gauteng High Court as television and media crews prepare for the start of the Oscar Pistorius trial on March 2, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa.
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South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has pleaded not guilty at the start of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Mr Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp, 29, a model and reality TV star, at his home in Pretoria on 14 February 2013. State prosecutors allege the killing was premeditated, but he claims he mistook her for an intruder. For the first time in South Africa, parts of the trial will be televised live. Media interest is high.
Background:
Pistorius pleads not guilty at Reeva Steenkamp murder trial [BBC]
Oscar Pistorius murder trial begins, with South Africa transfixed [The Guardian]

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