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    Oscar Pistorius Murder Case: Track Star Granted Bail, Not Deemed a Flight Risk by Judge

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    Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail.

    The decision to release the track star from custody was made in a Pretoria, South Africa, courtroom on Friday by Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair, who ruled there was no risk Pistorius would flee, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    The ruling is a blow to prosecutors, who had wanted bail denied after the double-amputee sprinter had been charged earlier in the week with premeditated murder for the Valentine's Day death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

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    However, Judge Nair stated that the state had failed to provide evidence indicating Pistorius was a flight risk.

    In the courtroom on Friday, Pistorius is said to have sobbed as Nair recounted last week's shooting prior to the ruling.

    According to CNN, bail was set at $114,000 and Pistorius will be required to turn over his passport. Upon being released, he will not be alowed to return to the home where the alleged crime took place.

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