Out-of-court settlement could hurt Pistorious at March murder trial

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa — An out-of-court settlement following months of negotiations between Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers and representatives of the parents of his slain girlfriend could work against the Olympic athlete at his March murder trial, a legal expert said Thursday.

The two sides have been in ongoing talks since about August, a lawyer for Reeva Steenkamp’s family told The Associated Press in an e-mail, and a settlement could involve Pistorius paying Steenkamp’s family in the region of $275,000, according to media reports.

Steenkamp lawyer Dup de Bruyn first told The AP in August that the parties were negotiating, but both sides have declined to comment on the details, including the amount being considered, because of their sensitive nature.

The trial of the double amputee is due to start March 3.

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