TODAY | August 18, 2013
>>> the south african olympic athlete known as the blade runner , pistorioscar pistorius , will be back in court tomorrow. the double amputee will be formally charged in the death of his model girlfriend, reeva steen k steenkamp, and it comes on a day that would have marked an important milestone for her. the latest from ron allen in south africa .
>> reporter: oscar pistorius on a recent outing with friends, the pictures taken secretly, some of the few images of the former olympian, double amputee, and accused killer while free on bail since his last court appearance in june. facing charges he murdered his model and reality tv star girlfriend reeva steenkamp. her supporters want him behind bars.
>> personally i think he deserves to stay in jail.
>> reporter: on monday what would have been steenkamp's 30th birthday, mipistorius' lawyers have said they expect him to be handed a formal detailed in indictment following a six-month police investigation. prosecutors have said previously in court they intend to charge him with premeditated murder . a conviction could send the once golden boy of the london olympics who competed against able-bodied athletes to prison for 25 years to life. steenkamp had arrived at pistorius ' gated home the night before her death. hours later pistorius allegedly fired four bullets through a locked bathroom door killing her. in court documents he has said he thought an intruder was hiding there. i felt a sense is of terror, he said.
>> in this case the accused willingly admits he did kill the deceased. he's saying he didn't have the intention to do so, that it was an accident.
>> reporter: analysts say based on previous statements in court, the defense may try to show police mishandles the investigation and perhaps say that pistorius made a mistake but did not commit murder. monday may also see a trial date set for early next year. ron allen , nbc news, pretoria.