A reporter for the AP news agency has cited a statement from Oscar Pistorius' family saying that the runner wishes to send his sympathies to relatives of his girlfriend Reeva SteenKamp:
Oscar Pistorius' family statement: "The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms."
Pistorius family disputes murder charge:"He has made it very clear that he would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva"
Pistorious family statement stresses that he "has been an inspiration to others the world over."
Pistorius will concentrate on defending himself against allegations that he murdered his model girlfriend on Valentine's morning.
The South African press say the weapon is a key piece of police evidence, but Pistorius' family said the death is a 'tragic accident.'
The family and management of Oscar Pistorius have released a statement disputing the murder charge against him 'in the strongest terms'.