August 20, 2014
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A lawyer for the family of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend says representatives of the two families are in contact, possibly over an out-of-court settlement that would compensate Reeva Steenkamp's parents for her shooting death.
The lawyer for the Steenkamp family says "the two sides are talking" but declines to comment further because of the delicate situation.
Steenkamp reportedly gave financial help to her parents, Barry and June. She was killed by Pistorius on Feb. 14, with prosecutors indicting the double-amputee Olympian on a charge of premeditated murder Monday.
South Africa's Times newspaper reports that lawyers for Pistorius are "desperately trying" to negotiate a settlement with Steenkamp's parents before the athlete's criminal trial in March. The Times says the Steenkamps are asking for around $300,000.
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