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 WATCH | Are you exercising too much? 2020-02-13 08:42 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 Medical 5 reasons why you need to pee all the time Fitness Clocking 10 000 steps daily alone will not prevent weight gain News Budget Speech 2020: ‘The NHI is protected’ Medical Women's blood pressure rises earlier and faster than men's Medical WATCH | Could the new coronavirus be 'Disease X'? Medical Girls with autism diagnosed later than boys Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.