Pistorius Bro Also Faces Murder Charge

'Carl is innocent,' family lawyer says of 2008 road death
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2013 7:22 AM CST
Pistorius Bro Also Faces Murder Charge
Carl Pistorius after brother Oscar's bail application appearance, at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Not a good month for the Pistorius clan: On the heels of Oscar Pistorius' murder charge in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp comes the news that brother Carl Pistorius is facing a murder charge of his own. The culpable homicide charge isn't new, reports the BBC, and stems from the 2008 traffic death of a female motorcyclist. Carl Pistorius was in court last week, and is due again in court next month.

"There is no doubt that Carl is innocent and the charge will be challenged in court," said a Pistorius family lawyer in a statement. "Carl deeply regrets the incident." No alcohol was found in the blood of the elder Pistorius at the time of the accident. In more bad news, the Pistorius family shut down all social media sites for Carl and sister Aimee yesterday, notes the AP, after someone hacked Carl Pistorius' Twitter account. (Read more Oscar Pistorius stories.)

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