Aug 19 2013
Oscar Pistorius is due to appear in court to be formally charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The Paralympian will be indicted for premeditated murder when he appears at Pretoria Magistrates' Court, with a trial date expected to be set for early next year.
The 26-year-old's latest high-profile court appearance comes on the day Ms Steenkamp would have turned 30.
Pistorius is accused of the premeditated murder of Ms Steenkamp on Valentine's night, but claims he shot the 29-year-old after mistaking her for an intruder.
The six-time Paralympic sprint champion was initially charged with premeditated murder for bail purposes while police investigated the circumstances of the shooting and last week prosecutors said a finalised indictment would be served on the double amputee today.
A spokeswoman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority said: "We expect that the indictment will be finalised and ready to be served to Oscar Pistorius on Monday August 19."
The prosecution will retain a main charge of premeditated murder. If convicted, Pistorius faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison.
Additional charged are also "possible", prosecutors told The Associated Press, but declined to comment about the charges before the hearing. It has been reported that the Paralympian could face extra charges of allegedly discharging a firearm recklessly in two other incidents.
Papers presented at the court today are expected to include a witness list and detail some of the evidence police have gathered in the six months since the death of Ms Steenkamp.
Pistorius is currently on bail after a judge changed his conditions in March, allowing him to travel abroad providing he hand over his travel plans. The "Blade Runner", who was recently spotted kayaking with friends in South Africa, has resumed a "low-key track routine", according to his family.