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Prosecutor: Pistorius planned girlfriend murder

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  • Oscar Pistorius was shaking and sobbing in court
  • Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp found shot dead in his South Africa home on Valentine's Day
  • Pistorius is known as the 'Blade Runner'
South Africa's Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius 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.

The Olympic star accused of killing his girlfriend broke down in tears as formal charges against him were read in court Friday. Prosecutors say the murder was premeditated.

South African media reported that Pistorius is accused of shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, four times through a bathroom door. Steenkamp was a model who has a reality TV show debuting this weekend on South African television.

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According to a CNN reporter who was in the courtroom, Pistorius sat down and put his head in his hands after the charges were read in court. Within minutes, Pistorius' whole body was shaking uncontrollably, and he was sobbing.

The court has postponed Pistorius' bail hearing until Tuesday. He will remain in custody until then.

Pistorius is a double-amputee who gained worldwide fame and inspired many last summer when he became the first runner to compete in the Olympics on carbon-fiber legs.

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Nike has pulled an ad off its website featuring Pistorius taking off for a run and the words "I am the bullet in the chamber."

HLN sports anchor Carlos Diaz will have updated information during the Bleacher Report on HLN's Morning Express with Robin Meade.

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