Oscar Pistorius: Olympic athlete's family "strongly" disputes claim he intentionally killed Reeva Steenkamp

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
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Gold medalist Oscar Pistorius seen on Sept. 8, 2012, is accused of intentionally murdering his 30-year-old model girlfriend at his home in South Africa on Feb. 14, 2013.
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(AP) PRETORIA, South Africa - A statement from the family of Oscar Pistorius and his management says they dispute the claim that he murdered his girlfriend "in the strongest terms."

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The statement was issued Friday after the double-amputee Olympian wept in court when prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder against him for the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The statement, issued from London, said: "The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms." It also said that Pistorius "would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva."

Pistorius will be held in a police station in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, until Tuesday, when he appears again for a bail hearing.

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