Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius charged with murder

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    Video: South Africa police press conference on Oscar Pistorius

    • South Africa's Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) leaves the Boshkop police station on February 14, 2013 in Pretoria East, to be taken into police custody after allegedly shooting dead his model girlfriend having mistaken her for an intruder at his upscale home. AFP PHOTO/Getty Images)
    • Paralympic and Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius of South Africa races against a pure-bred Arabian horse during the Gathering of all Leaders In Sport (GOALS) forum on December 12, 2012, at the Aspire Zone outdoor circuit in the Qatari capital Doha. AFP PHOTO /KARIM JAAFAR / AL-WATAN DOHA

    UNDATED (CBS) - The double amputee South African runner who fought and won the right to compete against able-bodied athletes is now facing a different challenge. Oscar Pistorius is being accused of killing his girlfriend at his South African home Thursday.

    South African Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, 30-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria, South Africa home. Denise Beukes with South African National Police says, "The only two people on the premises were the resident and the deceased. There is no other suspect involved."

    Police found a 9-millimeter pistol inside the home and are talking to witnesses. Beukes says, "We're talking about neighbors and people that heard things that happened earlier in the evening and when the shooting took place."

    He had reportedly been dating the model for a year. But police say this is not the first time were called to the Pistorius home on domestic calls. Beukes says, "I can confirm that there has previously been incidents at the home of Oscar Pistorius."

    Pistorius, known as "Blade Runner" because of the prosthetic legs he uses to race. He became the first double-amputee ever to compete in the Olympics when he raced for South Africa in the 2012 London games. He reached the 400-meter semifinals and anchored the relay team.

    Police say they are running forensic tests on Pistorius including checks for blood-alcohol leves.

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