Transcript for Pistorius Indicted on Victim's Birthday
We turn now to oscar pistorius, as expected he has been indicted on charges of murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend. This morning in africa, abc's rob nelson is in pretoria for us this morning. Good morning to you, rob. Reporter: Good morning, lara. He is an olympic sprinter, a paralympic gold medalist and one of south africa's national heroes at one time but now oscar pistorius formally stands accused of murder. A south african court indicted pistorius nicknamed the blade runner for his razor like prosthetic legs on one count of murder and the unlawful possession of a firearm. Barely visible under a crush of international media joined his family in prayer minutes before the hearing began several times wiping away tears. He was formally indicted in the shooting death of his girlfriend reeva steenkamp a budding model who would have turned 30 years old today. Overnight her grieving friends spoke out on south african tv. When she walked into a room it was just warmth and it really was like the sunshine just walked into the room Reporter: It was the first court appearance since june for pistorius who's free on bail and indicated that he will plead not guilty. He quickly left court today in this silver suv. He admitted shooting her multiple times through the bathroom door. Prosecutors contend the shooting was fueled by a heated argument but pistorius claims he mistook steenkamp for an intruder. The witness list released includes neighbors who are expected to testify about screams and gunfire they heard that night. What the state is now going to do, they want to show that he's a violent person. He is a gun-toting hothead is the way the portrait they're going to paint of this man. Reporter: The trial has now BEEN SET FOR MARCH 3rd, 2014 With this key evidence expected to take center stage, pistorius' past brushes with the law as well as cell phones found inside the bathroom that could provide details about the last minutes of steenkamp's life. If convicted, pistorius faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years behind bars. Lara. All right, rob nelson, we thank you.
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