Prosecutors: Pistorius trial early next year

GERALD IMRAY
Associated Press
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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 file photo Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa. South Africa’s police commissioner office said Tuesday Aug. 13, 2013 that Oscar Pistorius will be served with an indictment next week after police completed an investigation into the shooting death of his girlfriend. On Monday August 19, the accused,Oscar Pistorius, will appear on court in Pretroia. It is expected that he will be served with an indictment and that the matter will be postponed. The prosecution, in collaboration with the defence team, will agree on a trial date. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe-file)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prosecutors say Oscar Pistorius will be indicted for premeditated murder on Monday and he will go on trial in early 2014 for shooting dead his girlfriend.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Medupe Simasiku tells The Associated Press the exact date for the trial has not yet been set and will likely be decided on Monday, the double-amputee Olympian's next appearance in court.

Simasiku declined to comment Friday on South African media reports that charges will be added relating to Pistorius allegedly discharging a firearm recklessly in two other incidents.

But Simasiku said the main charge on the indictment would "definitely" be premeditated murder, meaning Pistorius faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted on that charge.

Pistorius denies murder.