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Pistorius gets out on bail ahead of trial

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LONDON -

Oscar Pistorius and his family waited nervously for the judge to decide whether the so-called Blade Runner would be allowed out of jail.

Supporters of the track star cheered when a South African judge freed Pistorius until his murder trial.

The announcement came after several days of dramatic testimony about how the runner shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

Defense lawyers say the runner acted on instinct when he thought an intruder was in his upscale home.

Prosecutors said Pistorius intended to kill her in the early hours of Valentine's Day, when he fired four bullets through his bathroom door.

They argued the runner had the "money, means and motive" to flee if a judge let him out of jail. The judge didn't buy it.

The court set bail at $113,000 and ordered Pistorius to hand over his guns and passports.

A judge ordered the former Olympian to avoid alcohol, his home, and all witnesses in the case, and to report to a police station twice a week.

Pistorius' lawyers told the judge the athlete is too famous to flee bail.

The 26-year old will be back in court on June 4th.

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