- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

VANDERBIJLPARK, South Africa (AP) — The brother of double-amputee athlete OscarPistorius pleaded not guilty to a charge of culpable homicide or negligent killing in a South African court Wednesday for the death of a woman in a road collision in 2008.

CarlPistorius also pleaded not guilty to two alternative charges of driving in a reckless and inconsiderate manner. He wore a dark suit and was accompanied by his sister, Aimee. OscarPistorius, who was charged with murdering his girlfriend on Feb. 14, was not present. The Olympian hasn’t been seen in public since he was granted bail at Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Feb. 22. His lawyers plan to challenge his bail restrictions on Thursday.

Initial proceedings in CarlPistorius‘ case at Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court south of Johannesburg focused on a request by South Africa’s national broadcaster, SABC, to show the trial proceedings live on national television or record them for later use.

Magistrate Buks du Plessis said reporters could attend the trial but turned down the SABC request, saying that he wanted to guard against “emotional hype” and that any public interest in the trial stemmed only from the intense interest in the murder case against OscarPistorius. News photographers were not allowed to cover the trial while it was in session.

“He’s not a celebrity in his own right,” Magistrate du Plessis said of Oscar’s brother. Addressing CarlPistorius, the magistrate then said, “Apologies to you, sir.”

CarlPistorius smiled and nodded.

Defense lawyer Kenneth Oldwadge said that the legal team for OscarPistorius had been “overwhelmed by the media” and that similar press scrutiny would make it difficult to work in court during the older brother’s case. Mr. Oldwadge cited a comment by the judge in OscarPistorius‘ bail hearing that the media treated the athlete like some kind of unusual “species” instead of a human being.

Prosecutors say CarlPistorius was driving an SUV in March 2008 when he collided with a female motorcyclist. The woman, Marietjie Barnard, died in a hospital. Although the culpable homicide charge against Carl Pistorius initially was dropped, it was reinstated this year because forensic evidence and reports from the accident scene became available, according to prosecutors.

The Pistorius family said last month that Carl Pistorius deeply regretted the incident but insisted it was a “tragic accident.” He was not under the influence of alcohol, the family said.

Oscar Pistorius‘ legal team filed an appeal against some of his bail conditions on March 7, objecting to his being not allowed to travel outside of South Africa even though a magistrate said he was not a flight risk when granting him 1 million rand ($108,000) bail. They’re also challenging an alcohol ban and a ruling that Oscar Pistorius cannot speak with residents at the gated estate where he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.

The athlete denies murdering Steenkamp and says he shot her by mistake, fearing an intruder was in his home. Prosecutors say he killed her intentionally following an argument.

OscarPistorius must appear in court again on June 4.