Pistorius family: We will focus on trial

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Published: March 1, 2014 07:48PM
Updated: March 1, 2014 07:48PM
FILE : in this file photo taken Tuesday, June 4, 2013 double-amputee Olympian, Oscar Pistorius, looks on as he appears in the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa at a hearing. Pistorius, now 27, faces possibly being sent to prison until he is older than 50. Pistorius goes on trial Monday March 3, 2014 charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe-file)

Johannesburg • Oscar Pistorius’ family says they will not be distracted by any “extraneous issues” as the spotlight shines intensely on the double-amputee Olympian just days before his murder trial.

Pistorius’ family said in a statement Saturday that the legal process “must now be allowed to unfold.”

The statement, attributed to Pistorius’ uncle Arnold Pistorius, says “the focus is now entirely on a very serious trial that is set to start this Monday. We love Oscar, and believe in him, and will be standing by him throughout the coming trial.”

Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14 last year. He faces a possible life sentence with 25 years before parole if convicted.

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