Paralympic track star
During the hearing, state prosecutors released a copy of the indictment, which accused Pistorius of intentionally shooting his girlfriend, model and law student
A trial date was set for
More than 100 potential witnesses were listed for the prosecution.
Before the hearing, Pistorius prayed with his family and wept, the Times said.
Defense lawyers have portrayed the shooting as an accident in which Pistorius, 26, thought an intruder had entered his home while Steenkamp was spending the night. Defense testimony indicated Pistorius fired through a locked bathroom door and didn't realize Steenkamp was inside. At least three bullets hit her.
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The double-amputee Olympic and Paralympic champion sprinter is free on
Premeditated murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Pistorius, nicknamed the Blade Runner for the prosthetics he uses in competition, won two gold medals and a silver at September's Paralympic Games in