Earlier today the South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius was indicted on a charge of murdering his girlfriend.
According to what YouWager has learned, prosecutors stated that a witnesses heard a woman screaming before the sound of fatal gunshots fired by Pistorius in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.
The 26 year-old, who was in court for the indictment and wept before proceedings began, also will face a charge of illegal possession of ammunition when he goes on trial March 3 in a court in the South African capital, Pretoria.
The much-awaited indictment in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yielded new detail about how prosecutors will pursue a case that has caught everyone’s attention because of the celebrity status of Pistorius, who overcame his disability to become a global phenomenon.
His model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, would have celebrated her 30th birthday today.
Prosecutors said the the double-amputee Olympian shot “with the intention to kill a person,” and a prosecution spokesman also stated after the hearing that it was premeditated murder.
Furthermore, the prosecution will also try to show the couple argued before she was killed as part of its case that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp.
The court has set March 3-20 as the trial period for the South Africa native, who has defended himself by saying he shot Steenkamp by mistake, believing she was an intruder in his upscale home in Pretoria.
More than 100 witnesses were submitted by prosecutors, including Pistorius’ uncle Arnold, sister Aimee and brother Carl, as well as a number of people who lived in the same gated community where Steenkamp was killed.
If convicted, the runner could face a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison before parole. Currently, there is no death penalty in South Africa.