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

(Newser) – 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.

Carl Pistorius after brother Oscar's bail application appearance, at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
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)
Oscar Pistorius' father Henke Pistorius with his children Carl and Aimee watch as Oscar Pistorius walks in for his bail hearing in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.
Oscar Pistorius' father Henke Pistorius with his children Carl and Aimee watch as Oscar Pistorius walks in for his bail hearing in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
In this Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, Carl Pistorius, right, and Henke Pistorius attend Oscar's bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa.
In this Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, Carl Pistorius, right, and Henke Pistorius attend Oscar's bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
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