Photo: Oscar Pistorius (courtesy of CNN)
(CNN) — Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is expected to appear in a South African court Monday to be served with an indictment for murder over the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Steenkamp would have turned 30 on Monday.
Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder over the February shooting death of Steenkamp. His expected indictment follows the completion of the police investigation into the case.
The double amputee track star killed the woman he calls the love of his life on Valentine’s Day in his home. He denies the murder charge and says he mistook her for a home invader.
The athlete’s trial will begin in March, his attorney Kenny Oldwage said Sunday.
The first phase will take place in March, but the entire trial could take place at various times across a year or more because of potential motions and postponements along the way.
The police investigation team “is convinced that the accused has a charge to answer,” a police statement said last week.
The athlete’s family said in June that he would resume running using his blade-shaped prosthetic legs.
Pistorius has started sprinting again for the sake of his emotional health, not for training to compete again, the family said.
Michael Steenkamp, the victim’s uncle, said the model’s family isn’t focusing on Pistorius’ guilt or innocence, and they will not attend any of the related court proceedings.
While the hearing is going on Monday, the Steenkamp family will be spending time together remembering Reeva.
“My wife and myself are going up to (see) my brother in Port Elizabeth, and we will be there with (Reeva’s parents) on Monday to be there for Reeva’s birthday. What could we do? Bake a cake and you know sit down quietly and reminisce about the qualities of Reeva’s life,” he said.
The uncle said his faith has helped him forgive Pistorius.
“If I can’t forgive him, and I have been forgiven, then that is our sin. And I very much asked the Lord to guide me before I got to Port Elizabeth when the tragedy happened … that took a lot of pressure off my shoulders,” he said.
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