Nightly News   |  February 18, 2013

Sensational details surface in Pistorius case

New information is appearing in South African newspapers about the death of Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius will appear in court Tuesday for a bond hearing held on the same day as Steenkamp’s funeral. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

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>>> olympic track star oscar pistorius is due back in court tomorrow after spending nearly a week now in a jail in south africa , accused of murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day. tonight we're getting new details on what police may have found inside the pistorius ' home. nbc's michelle kosinski with us from pretoria, south africa . good evening.

>> hi, brian, oscar pistorius months ago made olympic history. this career had him set to race on four continents in the next few months. nike says it will no longer use him in ads. he is here in jail, preparing to face prosecutors in court tomorrow. oscar pistorius , brought to jail on valentine's day, the day his girlfriend was shot to death seen in these exclusive pictures, covering his face with his jacket. since then, visits from his family, agent, friends and lawyers. tomorrow he will be back in court for a bond hearing the same day as reeva steenkamp's funeral.

>> just taking things one day at a time. and we'll get through tomorrow to remember my sister and all the goodness that she stood for.

>> you fall in love with being in love with love. it's just one love everywhere.

>> reporter: for many here, it has been chilling to see her in life, in her new reality show that aired this weekend.

>> the way that you go out and make your exit is so important. you either made an impact in a positive way or a negative way.

>> reporter: newspapers here have been full of sensational details attributed to unnamed police sources. they say investigators are testing pistorius ' blood for steroids, which they might have found in his home, that a bloody cricket bat found in the bedroom is now being examined. police brief steenkamp was shot in pistorius owe bedroom and then through a door. and friends of pistorius both say he frantically called him early that morning. i said to him, what are you talking about? he then repeated himself. there has been a terrible accident. i shot reeva. the other friend reportedly says she arrived at the house to see pistorius carrying a gravely wounded but breathing reeva down the stairs, and that they both tried to save her. police have said pistorius did not call paramedics, and that shouting was heard at the house earlier this night. his family strongly denies this was murder. of a young woman whose big television break is now being shown as a tribute to her spirit.

>> just always be true to yourself. and i'm going to miss you all so much. and i love you very, very much.

>> reporter: so this bond hearing tomorrow, legal experts feel there is a good chance pistorius will be released on the grounds that he's not a flight risk or dangerous. but each side will make its case, and in that we should learn much more about why exactly prosecutors are calling this premeditateded murder, brian.

>> michelle kosinski , pretoria, south africa for us tonight. thanks.