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JOHANNESBURG (AP)

Oscar Pistorius is due to re-appear in a South African court on Monday charged with killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The 26-year-old double-amputee Olympian will be indicted on a main charge of premeditated murder on Monday at Pretoria Magistrate's Court, prosecutors say, confirming they will maintain the charge they initially laid against Pistorius for Steenkamps's shooting death in February when they go to trial.

Pistorius denies he committed murder and says he shot Steenkamp by mistake thinking she was a dangerous intruder.

Prosecutors told The Associated Press it is "possible" that additional charges could be added to the indictment but declined to comment on South African media reports that Pistorius would face two other charges relating to recklessly discharging a firearm in a public place in two separate incidents. The incidents -- reportedly when Pistorius shot a gun out of the sunroof of a moving car and let one off accidentally in a restaurant -- would seemingly show the prosecution's attempt to paint Pistorius as trigger-happy at his trial.

Neither Pistorius' defense lawyers nor his family would comment in detail on any of the charges, but a spokeswoman said they would see a copy of the indictment papers before Monday so they could prepare.

"The Pistorius family does not wish to comment on any aspects of this court case before the next court appearance," Anneliese Burgess told the AP in an email. "In our view, the correct place for any information relating to charges or witnesses or any other aspects pertaining to this or any other legal case, is in a court of law court."

Pistorius was seen just twice in public between the time he was granted bail on Feb. 22 and his most recent appearance in court on June 4. Since he was last in court, his family has announced he would return to a "low-key" track routine and he was seen jogging on his regular practice facility, and sporting a short beard, in late June.

Last Monday, a South African newspaper published photographs of Pistorius on a beach during a holiday with friends. In the rare public appearance, Pistorius was wearing a white T-shirt and a life-vest as he paddled with another man in a kayak. In another photo, he is standing on the beach in shorts, his pale prosthetic legs exposed to the sunshine.

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