Oscar Pistorius to be indicted for premeditated murder
Oscar Pistorius will be indicted for premeditated murder on Monday and is expected to go on trial in early 2014, prosecutors said in an Associated Press report.
The double-amputee Olympic sprinter is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Feb. 14.
Pistorius faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted on that charge.
Pistorius was initially charged with premeditated murder for Steenkamp’s death at his bail hearing. Police have since completed a six-month investigation into the shooting and are convinced Pistorius “had a charge to answer to.”
From the Associated Press:
Additional charges are “possible,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Medupe Simasiku said. He declined to comment on South African media reports on Friday that charges relating to Pistorius allegedly discharging a firearm recklessly in two other incidents would be added to the indictment.
Prosecutors said in a statement that it would be “inappropriate” to comment about “the charges” before they were made public on Monday. The language of the statement, using the plural charges, suggested that more could be added.
Those papers are also expected to include a witness list and detail some of the evidence police have gathered in the six months since Pistorius fired four bullets from his licensed 9mm gun through a locked toilet cubicle door in his bathroom, hitting his girlfriend three times and killing her.