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Oscar Pistorius’ Brother Facing Culpable Homicide Charge

Nelius Rademan/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- The attorney for Oscar Pistorius' family said on Sunday that the Olympian's brother is facing a culpable homicide charge relating to a 2008 road accident in which a motorcyclist was killed.

Carl Pistorius, who sat behind his younger brother, Oscar, every day at his bail hearing, will now face his own homicide trial for the accident five years ago, which his attorney, Kenny Oldwage, said he "deeply regrets."

Carl is charged with culpable homicide, which refers to the unlawful negligent killing of another person.  The charges were initially dropped, but were later reinstated, Oldwage said in a statement.

Carl quietly appeared in court last Thursday, one day before his Paralympic gold-medalist brother was released on bail, Oldwage said.  His next appearance is scheduled for the end of March.

It was the latest twist in a case that has drawn international attention, after Oscar, 26, a double amputee who ran in both the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, was charged with the premeditated murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

After a four-day long bail hearing, Oscar was granted bail last Friday by a South African magistrate.  The court set bail at about $113,000 ($1 million rand) and June 4 as the date for his next court appearance.

Oscar is believed to be staying at his uncle's house as he awaits trial.  As part of his bail conditions, Oscar must give up all his guns, he cannot drink alcohol or return to the home where the shooting occurred, and he must check in with a police department twice a week.

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