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Oscar Pistorius faces more gun charges

Oscar Pistorius

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)

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Oscar Pistorius received two gun charges in addition to his main charge of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed on Valentine’s Day.

The gun charges, first reported three weeks ago, are from public incidents before Steenkamp’s death.

The indictment papers served to Pistorius’ lawyers on Wednesday relate to the South African double-amputee sprinter firing another person’s gun in a Johnnesburg restaurant last year and, separately, firing his gun out of the sunroof of a car weeks before he killed Steenkamp.

The gun he fired out of the sunroof was the same 9mm handgun he used to kill Steenkamp, according to The Associated Press.

The full indictment is here.

He was already facing another gun charge for illegal possession of ammunition in his home.

Pistorius’ trial begins March 3 in Pretoria. He said he shot and killed Steenkamp in self defense, thinking she was an intruder in his bathroom in the early Valentine’s Day morning hours.

If convicted of premeditated murder, he could get life in prison with a minimum of 25 years.

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