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South African court acquits brother of Oscar Pistorius

Carl Pistorius — brother of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee who shot and killed his girlfriend — stands inside court in South Africa on Tuesday. Carl was acquitted Tuesday of culpable homicide in the death of a woman in a road accident.

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Carl Pistorius — brother of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee who shot and killed his girlfriend — stands inside court in South Africa on Tuesday. Carl was acquitted Tuesday of culpable homicide in the death of a woman in a road accident.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — One Pistorius brother is free of charges — acquitted Tuesday of culpable homicide in the death of a woman in a road accident.

The famous brother, Olympian double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, still must face his day in court for shooting and killing his girlfriend.

Carl Pistorius cried tears of relief Tuesday as a magistrate acquitted him of culpable homicide and negligent driving in the woman's death. The magistrate ruled that Carl Pistorius, 28, was not negligent and that Maria Barnard, 32, was driving her motorcycle excessively fast when she crashed into the back of his vehicle in March 2008. The case attracted international interest because both Pistorius brothers had faced court cases for the deaths of two women.

Carl Pistorius' case was brought to court shortly after athlete Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day — a shooting he says was accidental because he mistook her for a burglar.

Carl Pistorius said he felt for the family of the woman who died in the crash. "My heart goes to them," he said.

South African court acquits brother of Oscar Pistorius 05/21/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 10:37pm]
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