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Pistorius charged with premeditated murder

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Oscar Pistorius says he shot his girlfriend to death by mistake, thinking she was a robber.  Chief magistrate Desmond Nair saw differently.  Nair ruled that Pistorius will be prosecuted under the charge of premeditated murder.

The double amputee said in an affidavit read by his lawyer at his bail hearing Tuesday that he felt vulnerable because he did not have on his prosthetic legs when he pumped bullets into the locked bathroom door.

Then he realized that model Reeva Steenkamp was not in his bed. He says "It filled me with horror and fear."

He put on his legs, then smashed the bathroom door down with a cricket bat to find Steenkamp shot inside.

Pistorius says "she died in my arms."

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