Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) Oscar Pistorius left jail Friday, free on bond eight days after the shooting death of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Magistrate Desmond Nair said the state had problems with its investigation and had not offered enough proof to keep Pistorius jailed. Pistorius, who wept throughout much of Friday hearing, remained quiet and reserved after the announcement and did not appear to celebrate. His family hugged quietly. a family, we know Oscar version of what happened that tragic night. And we know that that is the truth and that will prevail in the coming court cases, his uncle said. Pistorius is accused of premeditated murder in the February 14 shooting death of Steenkamp, 29. Prosecutors say Pistorius, 26, killed her after a heated argument in the early morning hours of Valentine Day. The sprinter says he thought an intruder was hiding in a toilet room inside the bathroom of his Pretoria home. He says he fired in a fit of terror before realizing Steenkamp was inside. like to ask Oscar why he didn lean over and touch my cousin first say you okay? quiet, coming now,' said Kim Martin, Steenkamp cousin. While recounting a litany of in Pistorius account, Nair said defense attorneys had done enough to prove the circumstances required by South African law for the release of a suspect charged with premeditated murder. He said the former chief investigator in the case, Hilton Botha, had made errors and concessions in his testimony at the bail hearing, and said prosecutors had failed to prove that Pistorius was a flight risk or had a propensity toward violence. Botha was replaced after prosecutors reinstated attempted murder charges against him in a 2011 incident unrelated to Pistorius. During the four day bail hearing, prosecutors argued that Pistorius had a history of violence and that his account didn add up. Prosecutors relied heavily on Botha testimony, including statements from witnesses, who said they heard Pistorius and Steenkamp arguing before the shooting, as well as ballistic evidence that Botha said proved Pistorius was lying about how he had shot into the door. But Botha seemed to buckle under questioning from defense attorney Barry Roux, who got the detective to acknowledge that the bullet evidence wasn as conclusive as he had initially said and that at least one witness he had spoken to could not say for certain that the sounds he had heard came from Pistorius house. Nair also said that Botha had failed to exhaustively check cell phone records and chided the investigator for failing to check with Interpol before testifying that Pistorius owned a home in Italy raising his profile as a potential flight risk. The source of the information about the house apparently was a magazine article, the judge noted. Roux also said that defense investigators had found a bullet missed by police and that police may have contaminated the crime scene by failing to wear protective shoe covers. Police had run out of the covers, Botha testified. Nair said he wasn convinced by prosecution arguments that Pistorius had a violent nature and was a threat to the public. The prosecution cited an incident in which Pistorius reportedly fired a gun on accident inside a Johannesburg restaurant and another in which he allegedly made violent threats. Finally, Nair said Botha had in testifying that a substance recovered from Pistorius home was testosterone. Some outsiders to the case have speculated that steroids or other substances could have played a role in the killing. The defense lawyer told Nair the substance was a legal herbal remedy. On the other hand, Nair said Pistorius account is full of from why he did not know Steenkamp had gotten out of bed to why he would have charged toward the bathroom door where he believed he had an intruder cornered if he was as scared for his life as he claimed. Nair warned that it is too soon to judge the state case, and he noted that a wide range of experts beyond Botha had worked on the initial phases of the investigation from ballistics experts to specialists in blood spatter. pieces of the puzzle may not yet all be before me, he said. Pistorius left jail in a Land Rover chased by paparazzi on motorcycles Friday afternoon after posting a cash bond of 100,000 Rand (about $11,200). Another 900,000 Rand (about $100,800) is due by March 1, Nair said. He headed to his uncle home after his release. He cannot return to the home where the shooting happened, has to give up his passport and can go near an airport, Nair ruled. He also can drink alcohol and must report to a police station every Monday and Friday. The decision comes a day after the South African Police Service moved to remove Botha from the case. Botha, a 22 year detective, is accused of seven counts of attempted murder after allegedly chasing and firing on a minibus full of people while drunk, according to officials.
"That's one thing you run the risk of on a major label, and it's the one thing I'm really fortunate of with my situation: Craig Kallman, the CEO, and my A guy . "I feel like they don't want to cash in on me and then me go." Max Frost is talking about "White Lies," a three minute acoustic footrace thrown over a hip hop beat that sounds like the B side to Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy." He wrote it in Los Angeles last summer and posted it to Soundcloud this March. By April, the song was No. 1 on certified Internet hitmaker the Hype Machine, bringing in some 300,000 listens and attention to second single "Nice Slow," which also hit the top spot later that week with another 150,000 plays. Today, Frost boasts a multi album deal with Atlantic Records. "Immediate," is how the singer describes the rush of attention from labels, publishers, bookers, and collaborators. "We had a lot of people talking to us. I wouldn't say it was everybody, but it was everybody that I'd ever heard of." He signed with Atlantic in part because he believed A man Aaron Bay Schuck, whose credentials include Bruno Mars and Cee Lo Green, wanted to maintain his image. "'This is the hit,'" Bay Schuck and Atlantic told him of "White Lies." "Finish the record." "What I'm most proud about," adds Frost, "is that's my song, my production, and my mix. It's literally front to back fully my process." You've probably seen Max Frost perform and not known it. The native Austinite's been playing stages around his hometown for the past eight years. First it was in teen rock outfit Joy Ride, then Blues Mafia, a product of Dave Sebree's School of Music. A stint with prodigious fiddler Ruby Jane followed, which Frost describes as "a good musical exercise" in bluegrass and gypsy jazz. Mostly, he aspired to the blues, kicking around with Bob Schneider and sneaking into Antone's to see Gary Clark Jr. When he went solo acoustic, he played small shows at venues like Trophy's, until winter 2010, when he met local rapper Kydd Jones. "It was one of those awkward meets where someone's just like, 'Here, meet this guy. You should get your guitar and play some songs,'" remembers Frost. "This guy was making hip hop. I liked hip hop but didn't think anybody wanted me to be a part of that." He played Jones some songs. Jones promptly freaked out. "He wanted me to do all these hooks," says Frost. "Like, what, you want me to sing a hook on your hip track?" Funny, that hesitancy, now that Frost dressed today in Nike high tops, stylish Nantucket red pants, and a turquoise 1988 Aqua Fest T shirt he found in his mother's attic so fully embraces the genre. Since meeting Jones, this self proclaimed bluesman has developed one of the most earnest radio ready sounds in local music, an unabashed blend of pop, rock, and hip hop. Thank Justin Timberlake for making Frost's whole deal a possibility. "It's not even the hip hop style," he says. "It's the modern style of making a record. "I'm trying to take the idea of what hip hop is as a template, take nothing from it culturally, nothing from it harmonically, nothing from it other than just the basic rhythmic ideas: song structures, phrases, and the production. I like the way hip hop records are mixed. We spent a lot of time working with other people to mix 'White Lies,' but we ended up going with my mix, because you can't mix it like a rock record. It's like a punk hip hop record." Punk, soul, rap, whatever. Max Frost says he's played less than two dozen shows in Austin under his own name. Currently, he's got an 11 date tour around the country supporting Gary Clark Jr., with a brief stopover at week one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival between. "I'm not really playing the Austin game," he says, though his entire family lives here, and he rents a place in Hyde Park. "I'm not working the scene here. I'm just kind of diving straight into the Death Star and trying to shoot my way in." In fact, the last time he introduced a full lineup around Austin was in July, when he brought Jones, League of Extraordinary G'z rapper Reggie Coby, one dynamic backup singer, and a crackerjack rhythm section out to the W Hotel Downtown for a Sunday night show. Together, they weaved through Chuck Berry, slow blues, old soul, Jimi Hendrix's "Stone Free," and eventually hip hop, culminating with a back and forth between Frost and Jones on the exhaustively chilled "Sunday Driving." The tiny room was packed, filled to its 150 person capacity with industry types, hip hop kids, sorority girls, and frat dudes. (Frost dropped out of UT to focus on music last September.) Dressed in a charcoal vest, off white button down, and green polka dot tie, the singer alternated between acoustic and electric guitars in orchestrating a 45 minute set that came off like he'd been performing in public for months. Max Frost goes to wax in two weeks. His major label debut, the Low High Low EP, comes out on Atlantic Oct. 8. A proper full length follows in March, but as buddy Gary Clark Jr. and his massively popular single "Bright Lights" demonstrated, first impressions make all the difference. "White Lies" is Max Frost's calling card. "You don't even have to know it," a friend noted after being introduced to the song live at UtopiaFest last Saturday. "Once it starts, you're already into it." At this moment, however, Frost and I are stuck in traffic going southbound on Lamar from Austin Vintage Guitars, where he once worked. After that, it's Lucy's Fried Chicken off South Congress, where we share a bucket with his older brother Mark, a lieutenant with the CE Bar Fire Department. We talk about roadways and neighborhoods, the ever increasing amount of time Max spent commuting to St. Andrew's Episcopal School each morning in high school. He notes how amazed he was to see the statistic that black people comprise only 10% of Austin, and he doles out a Bob Schneider impression that would make even Sandra Bullock blush. He's humble, measured, and alert, but you can see it in his every step: Max Frost has palpable star power. And the name to go with it. "Everyone asks me if it's a stage name or a fake name," he says. "It is and it isn't. I was born Matthew Alexander [Frost], but I've literally unless it's a judge never been referred to by that name. I've always been Max. "And it's always been a name that, even if people don't question [its legitimacy], they'll always say, 'Oh, that's a superhero name.'" I tell him the name reminds me of a Simpsons episode where Homer changes his name to Max Power and ends up the most sought after man in Springfield. "I think it has something to do with the way your mind develops the thinking of who you are," Frost responds. "If I had been called Matthew Alexander my whole life, I'd probably have become an engineer."Cheap Nfl Jerseys Usa
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