Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was formally indicted on a premeditated murder charge in the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at the Pretoria Magistrate Court in South Africa Monday morning.
The court charged Pistorius, a double-amputee dubbed the Blade Runner for his carbon fiber prosthetic legs, with unlawful and intentional murder and violating South Africa's Firearms Control Act. Licensed gun owners in South Africa may only possess ammunition specific to their weapon.
According to CNN, Pistorius has acknowledged storing ammunition for a gun his father owned. His trial is scheduled for March 3, 2014, where more than 100 witnesses will testify, according to the Associated Press.
"When you talk of intentional, it's premeditated. Intentional. He wanted to do that," said prosecution spokesman Medupe Simansku. "In as far as a sound case let the court decide on that. We believe it will go through in our favor."
The mandatory sentence for a premeditated murder conviction is life in prison with a minimum 25 years before parole. There is no death penalty in South Africa.
Police announced on Aug. 13 they had completed their 6-month investigation into the shooting death of Steenkamp at Pistorius' upscale home in a Pretoria gated community during the early-morning of Feb. 14.
Pistorius insists he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he allegedly shot her four times through a bathroom door. Forensic evidence will tell whether Pistorius was on his stumps during the incident, or as the prosecution believes, on his prosthetics.
The case will move to North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria where a judge will determine whether the first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal is innocent or guilty. South Africa does not hold trials by jury.
Michael Steenkamp, the victim's uncle, told CNN his family will not attend any of the court proceedings. He said the family would be together Monday remembering Steenkamp, who would have turned 30 on Monday.