Oscar Pistorius Granted Bail

9:32 AM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on February 19, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Nine days after his arrest in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius has been released on bail.

A magistrate in South Africa set the amount at $113,000 today, and said Pistorius also has to turn over his passports and any other guns that he owns. Ten percent of the bail amount had to be posted up front, along with proof that the rest is available.

The track star left the courthouse a little more than an hour later. His next court appearance is set for June.

The magistrate ruled that Pistorius could not return to his home in a gated community east of Pretoria, where the killing of Reeva Steenkamp took place.

Defense lawyers say they are satisfied with the bail decision. Prosecutors had opposed it, saying Pistorius was a flight risk.

Pistorius' uncle says family members are "relieved" that he was released on bail, but that they are "in mourning" for the death of Steenkamp.

Pistorius has said he shot her by accident, thinking he was firing at an intruder. Prosecutors say the shooting followed a loud argument between the two, and that the shooting was deliberate and premeditated.

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