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He's out! Oscar Pistorius granted bail

NEED TO KNOW
  • Bail set at a little more than $112,000
  • 'Blade Runner' has been quivering, crying in the courtroom
  • Trainer: He could resume running next week
South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on February 21, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria.

Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail. The decision just came down from the Chief Magistrate in South Africa.

In order to leave jail he just has to pay his bail, and he's free pending his trial. Bail was set at 1 million rand, or a little more than $112,000.

Pistorious has also been ordered to abstain from alcohol while he is out on bail and to surrender all of his firearms.

HLN's Ryan Smith reports it's unlikely Pistorious will go home because the media will be there waiting. Experts in South Africa say he'll probably go underground and disappear for a while.

Before the decision was announced, Pistorius appeared alone, isolated and exhausted. At times he quivered and cried as the judge talked about what happened on Valentine's Day, when he is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
    
Pistorius' lawyers argued that he would not be a flight risk because his prosthetic legs require monthly maintenance.

His trainer said he could start training again as early as next week.

KEEP READING: South Africans 'struggling' with Pistorius shooting

 

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