South Africa's Oscar Pistorius crosses the line to win gold in the men's 400m - T44 final during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 8, 2012. (Photo credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - 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."
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.
The Associated Press