Oscar Pistorius formally indicted for murder, trial set for March
Former Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been formally indicted for the Valentine’s Day murder of his girlfriend.
According to the Associated Press, Pistorius was indicted Monday on a charge of murdering his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The trial is set to begin in March.
Pistorius was handed papers by a magistrate in a South African courtroom stating that he stands accused of committing premeditated murder for firing four shots at Steenkamp with a 9mm pistol through a locked door at his home last February, Yahoo! Sports reports.
The 26-year-old also learned that he will face a charge of illegal possession of ammunition and damning testimony from the prosecution’s witnesses.
Pistorius has maintained his innocence. His defense is that he shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.
The sprint runner, who is a double amputee, became a household name last year when he competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Nicknamed “Blade Runner,” Pistorius has competed in many events for single below-knee amputees and for able-bodied athletes.
The murder charge he now faces is a far cry from a once inspiring story. If found guilty, he will serve anywhere from 25 years to life in prison.