Leaked Bloody Pics Shock Pistorius Family

Crime scene photos broadcast as court date looms

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 3, 2013 12:41 AM CDT | Updated Jun 3, 2013 7:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Days ahead of Oscar Pistorius' first court date since February, his family says they are "shaken" by leaked pictures of the bathroom where girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead. The photos obtained by Sky News (which are here and graphic) appear to show the blood-stained cubicle where Steenkamp was shot three times and a bloody trail leading out of the cubicle into the main bathroom, the AP reports.

"It has always been our plea that the legal process be allowed to run its course with integrity," the Pistorius family said in a statement. "The leaking of evidential material into the public domain ... does not advance this process." Family members say they are fully behind the double-amputee runner, who says he shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder. At the hearing this week, South African prosecutors are expected to ask for a postponement of the case pending further investigations, CNN reports.

In this Nov. 4,  2012 photo, Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp are seen at an awards ceremony, in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was charged with her murder in February.
In this Nov. 4, 2012 photo, Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp are seen at an awards ceremony, in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was charged with her murder in February.   (AP Photo/Lucky Nxumalo-Citypress)
In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 26, 2013, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius appears in court for his bail hearing after being charged with the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 26, 2013, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius appears in court for his bail hearing after being charged with the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
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