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Oscar Pistorius, Olympic runner, to spend night in South African jail on murder charge, report says

Gold medalist Oscar Pistorius of South Africa poses with his medal on Sept. 8, 2012 after winning the men's 400 meters T44 category final at the 2012 Paralympics, in London AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File

Oscar Pistorius poses with his medal during after winning the men's 400 meters T44 category final during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics in London on Sept. 8, 2012
AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File

(CBS) - Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will spend Thursday night in jail after being charged with murdering his girlfriend in his home in South Africa, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pictures: Olympic athlete charged with murder

The paralympic runner made history in London last year when he became the first double-amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.

Pistorius was ushered from his house by police Thursday morning after 30-year-old Reeva Steenkamp was found fatally shot in his home in an upscale suburb in Pretoria.

Steenkamp was one of FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World for two years running. She appeared in countless international and national advertisements and was one of the celebrity contestants on a television show called "Tropika Island of Treasure," filmed in Jamaica, according to The Associated Press.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Denise Beukes said there were previous incidents and "allegations of a domestic nature" at Pistorius' home.

The National Prosecuting Authority said Pistorius would remain in custody until his hearing Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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