Pretoria, South Africa (4E Sports) – The Pretoria Magistrate Court has formally indicted Olympian and paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius on a charge of premeditated murder in the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp Monday.
The court set March 3 as the start date for Pistorius’ murder trial.
During the indictment, the prosecution revealed the list of witnesses that it will be presenting to prove that Pistorius murdered Steenkamp.
The runner alleged that he mistook Steenkamp for a burglar hiding in the bathroom, and that is why he shot her four times through a locked door.
Prosecutors will call 107 witnesses to testify, including a neighbors who “heard a woman scream, followed by moments of silence, then heard gunshots and more screaming” on the Valentine’s Day evening when Steenkamp was killed at Pistorius’ home.
Also on the witness list are several former girlfriends who are expected to testify about Pistorius’ previous aggressive behavior.
Included on the list is South African boxing star Kevin Lerena, who was with Pistorius when he fired a loaded gun in a crowded Johannesburg restaurant last year.
Lerena was shot in the foot and will form part of the state’s case, which aims to portray Pistorius as a trigger-happy, aggressive bully.
Another witness is former police investigator Hilton Botha. He was removed from the case after it was discovered that he was facing attempted murder charges of his own.
The prosecution wants to add two additional charges against Pistorius which revolve around the reckless and negligent discharging of a firearm.
The two charges have not yet been formally filed. The two incidents occurred in Johannesburg, just less than 40 miles from Pretoria and in a separate legal jurisdiction. The defense wants them heard separately and not as part of the murder case.
Before the hearing, Pistorius wept as he prayed together with his brother Carl and sister Aimee.