Pistorius' Brother Facing Homicide Charge

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The brother of Olympic star Oscar Pistorius is facing a culpable homicide charge for a 2008 road death, compounding problems for the family after the double-amputee runner was charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (Feb. 24)

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Location - Date: PRETORIA, South Africa - Feb. 24

1. Various Carl Pistorius entering his uncle's home

2. SOUNDBITE: Shavana Mushwana, spokesman for the Pistorius family:

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3. Man selling newspapers on the street

4. SOUNDBITE: Jim Plester, Johannesburg resident:

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5. Man holding newspaper

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6. Oscar Pistorius entering the courtroom

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7. Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

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8. Carl Pistorius in court

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MORE LEGAL PROBLEMS FOR THE FAMILY OF OLYMPIC ATHELETE OSCAR PISTORIUS--CURRENTLY CHARGED WITH MURDER HIS GIRLFRIEND...OSCAR PISTORIUS' OLDER BROTHER CARL IS FACING HIS OWN MURDER TRIAL.

THE PISTORIUS FAMILY LAWYER SAYS CARL PISTORIUS WAS INVOLVED IN A 2008 CAR ACCIDENT 'IN WHICH A MOTORCYCLIST LOST HER LIFE...THE LAWYERS SAYS CARL PISTORIUS IS INNOCENT AND HE VOWED TO CHALLENGES THE CARGES IN COURT.

(SOUNDBITE (English) Shavana Mushwana, spokesman for the Pistorius family:)

"Carl deeply regrets the accident. Blood tests conducted by the police at the time proved that he had not been under the influence of alcohol, confirming that it was a tragic road accident after the deceased collided with Carl's car."

MANY SOUTH AFRICANS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE TRAGIC TURN OF EVENTS FOR THE PISTORIUS FAMILY.

(SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Plester, Johannesburg resident:)

"The thing with road accidents is always a sad thing, and it's also doubly sad because now it's involved with Oscar and his brother and all the family - so they have got double sort of trouble. So, not good. But again, hopefully it was just purely an accident."

CARL PISTORIUS WAS IN COURT LAST WEEK, AS HIS BROTHER OSCAR WAS FACING A BAIL HEARING...OSCAR, THE DOUBLE-AMPUTEE SPRINTER--KNOWN AS THE BLADE RUNNER --IS CHARGED WITH PREMEDITATED MURDER...FOR THE VALENTINES DAY SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND REEVA STEENKAMP.

MEANWHILE, CARL PISTORIUS IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT AGAIN AT THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

STORYLINE:

An official spokesman for the Pistorius family confirmed on Sunday that Oscar Pistorius's brother Carl faces charges of culpable homicide after a road accident in 2008 in which a woman motorcyclist died.

Shavana Mushwana said Carl Pistorius "deeply regretted" the incident but insisted that he was completely innocent.

Police tests showed Carl had not been drinking at the time of the accident, the spokesman said.

According to Mushwana, the family's lawyer, Kenny Oldwage, said Carl had been involved in a car accident in which "a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life".

Oldwage added that "there is no doubt that Carl is innocent and the charge will be challenged in court".

Carl Pistorius was in court last Thursday, as his brother Oscar was facing a bail hearing after being charged with premeditated murder in the 14 February shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He will appear again at the end of next month.

Oscar Pistorius was released on bail on Friday and Carl was seen driving into the home of their uncle Arnold early on Sunday in Waterkloof, an affluent suburb of Pretoria, the nation's capital, where Oscar is now staying.

The problems surrounding his older brother Carl are the latest twist in a case that has transfixed South Africa and much of the world.

Sunday's revelation of the culpable homicide charge immediately created a stir.

Carl has always been close to Oscar but was notably absent when their uncle Arnold, flanked by Oscar's sister Aimee, read out a first reaction to the shooting on 17 February even though he was also on the premises.

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