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Oscar Pistorius indicted on murder charge

Oscar Pistorius indicted on murder charge

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius appears in the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius has arrived at the South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. Photo: Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius has been indicted on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of the double-amputee Olympian’s girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.

A Pretoria court on Monday set March 3 as the trial date for Pistorius, who says he shot Reeva Steenkamp by mistake, believing she was an intruder in his home. Prosecutors say he killed her after an argument. The prosecution submitted a list of more than 100 witnesses.

Pistorius was in court for the indictment, and was seen crying and holding hands with his siblings before proceedings started.

He faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

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