Oscar Pistorius to Sell House Where Reeva Steenkamp's Death Occurred

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2014

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19:  South African athlete Oscar Pistorius appears in Pretoria Magistrates Court for an indictment hearing on August 19, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 was set in Pretoria Magistrates Court.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
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Oscar Pistorius, who's currently standing trial in connection with the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is going to sell the home where she died in order to cover legal fees associated with his defense.

Sky News noted the former Olympian's decision:

Rohit Kachroo of ITV News provided comments from a lawyer for Pistorius, who said the sale had become necessary due to mounting costs:

Vanessa Banton of eNCA News added further information from a publicist about the extended length of the trial leading to the increased legal fees:

Steenkamp was killed in a bathroom last February. As a court affidavit shows, as presented by CNN, Pistorius claims her death was an accident as a result of mistaken identity as he believed an intruder had broken into the home during the night.

The Associated Press (via USA Today) reports the murder trial is going to exceed the initial three-week timetable that was provided, thus leading to further costs. Brian Webber, a member of the defense team, said Pistorius hasn't returned to the home since Steenkamp's death:

Webber adds that Pistorius has never returned to the house since he fatally shot Steenkamp in an upstairs bathroom in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14 last year. Webber says Pistorius "cannot contemplate ever returning to live there again." Webber says the house has remained "sealed" since it was handed back by police over a year ago.

No information was provided about how or when the home would be sold given the ongoing case involving an incident that took place inside. The villa is located in a Pretoria, South Africa gated community, according to the AP.

Brenden Nel and Corky Siemaszko of the New York Daily News report the prosecution is looking to wrap up their side of the case next week. If convicted of premeditated murder, Pistorius would then face a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.