Double-amputee runner set to be sentenced for murder on April 18
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 file photo, Oscar Pistorius is escorted by police officers as he leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. A lawyer for Oscar Pistorius says South Africa's highest court has dismissed the former track star's appeal of his murder conviction. The ruling by the Constitutional Court on Thursday March 3, 2016 clears the way for a judge to sentence Pistorius for murder at a hearing scheduled for April 18. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File),
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[caption id="attachment_3591" align="alignright" width="183"] South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp arrive for an awards ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2012. Pistorius killed Steenkamp in 2013. Photo: Citypress via AP/Lucky Nxumalo.[/caption]JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's highest court has dismissed Oscar Pistorius' appeal of his murder conviction, a lawyer said Thursday, signaling that the former track star's long legal battle since he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp may be drawing to a close.
BY CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA