Home > Fitness > News Updated 28 February 2014 Sportsmen who kill From OJ to Oscar, a number of high-profile athletes have found themselves in the spotlight of a murder trial. Inevitably, these trials have attracted a lot more hype than those of the average suspected killer. Here are some of the most scandalous. 0 Shutterstock Related More mothers are killing their children Mental illness may raise risk of being murdered Psychopaths have distinct brain structure take a Flexibility test » Receive Health tips » Ask Fitness Expert » Join Health24 on Facebook » 10 minute bikini-ready workout Why you need strength to run OJ SimpsonThe most famous entry on this list, Simpson was accused of the murder of his wife and her friend in California in 1994. After a trial dogged by controversy, Simpson was found not guilty of murder. However, a subsequent civil case found him liable for the wrongful deaths of the pair of victims. H was ordered to pay the families $33 500 000 in damages.In an ironic twist, Simpson was later arrested for other charges unrelated to the murders and in December 2008 was sentenced to 33 years in prison. He is currently in prison.Bees RouxThe Lions prop was convicted in 2011 of beating to death Sergeant Ntshimane Mogale after being stopped for driving under the influence. Roux claimed he was protecting himself against being robbed by the officer, he received a suspended sentence and was ordered to pay R750 000 to Mogale's wife. He is currently free and playing for the Lions.Read: Oscar trial: why he deserves to be on TVChris BenoitWrestling world champion Benoit made headlines in 2007 for the murder of his wife and 7-year old child. Following the murders, a number of theories we're put forward to explain the behaviour behind the act. One of the most popular was an attack of so-called "roid-rage"' or steroid abuse. However, Benoit hung himself two days after the murders and the subsequent autopsy suggested that Benoit suffered severe brain damage over the course of his career and that thus could have been the root of his problems.Rae CurrathCurrath was a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers at the time of his arrest for murder in 1999. Currath was charged with conspiracy to murder his girlfriend, Cherica Adams, after she refused to abort his unborn child. Adams was killed in a drive-by attack on her car. Currath went on the run but was found in the trunk of his car, surrounded by candy bars and bottles of his own urine. He was sentenced to 18-24 years in prison. He is currently in prison and is expected to be released in 2018.Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. With the trial set to start in March 2014, Pistorius is claiming that he confused her for an intruder, while the state is claiming that he was well aware of his actions. Complicating factors include the fact that Steenkamp was fully dressed and had taken two cellphones to the bathroom with her. The trial begins on the 3rd May and will be televised live. Picture: Gun shot from ShutterstockRead more:How a murderer's mind worksWhat fuels family murder?Retired athletes struggle with addiction and illness NEXT ON HEALTH24X How Kelvin Trautman trains to be one of the best action photographers 2018-09-02 16:00 More: FitnessNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Diet and nutrition Weight-loss surgery may bring a bedroom bonus Medical Does social media push teens to depression? Diet and nutrition Will sugar substitutes help you lose weight? Parenting Codeine: an opioid threat to kids Diet and nutrition High-fat diets don't do your gut bacteria any favours Diet and nutrition Govt to introduce warning labels on junk food From our sponsors Don’t just stop smoking, start something amazing Do you suffer from red, itchy eyes? Effective treatment for ADHD is available What is allergic conjunctivitis? FAQs Live healthier » Most couples do not get divorced after infertility struggles IVF kids may have higher risk of autism Progesterone gel as good as injection for IVF Fertility treatments tied to higher odds for pregnancy complications For most women who cannot conceive naturally, in vitro fertilisation is very safe and effective, but it may involve a higher risk of complications during pregnancy. Heart health » Another day at the office – thanks to a defibrillator close at hand Statins help the heart, no matter what your age Even the smallest fitness gains could help you reduce the risk of a heart attack 5 women share exactly what it feels like to have a heart attack 'I felt like I had a pill stuck in my throat.'