South Africa

Oscar Pistorius Indicted on Murder Charges

Claims he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder when he shot her


South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was formally indicted Monday on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine's Day.

In a brief hearing in Pretoria, the man known as the "Blade Runner," due to the blade-shaped prostheses he wears in competitions, was informed that his trial would begin next March 3 and would run through March 20. Because South Africa does not hold trials by jury, a judge will preside over the trial and will render a verdict.