South Africa’s paralympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius is trying to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the parents of his slain girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, according to a report in BusinessStandard.
Pistorius goes on trial March 3 on premediatated murder charges for shooting Steenkamp. Lawyers are considering a settlement for emotional stress and loss of income. They reportedly want the matter settled before the trial begins.
Steenkamp and her half-brother financially supported their parents, the report said. This included paying rent for their house in the southern coastal city of Port Elizabeth.
The parents are reportedly planning to lodge a civil suit claiming $300,000 in damages.
The 26-year-old Pistorius wept and prayed in court Monday before being served an indictment for murder.
Steenkamp, a law school graduate and model who would have turned 30 on Monday, died in the bathroom of Pistorius’s Pretoria home early on Feb. 14.
Pistorius, a double amputee athlete known as “Blade Runner,” is out on bail. He admitted to killing Steenkamp but denied it was murder, saying he shot her through a locked bathroom door because he thought she was an intruder.