Paralympic and Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius of South Africa races against a pure-bred Arabian horse during the Gathering of all Leaders In Sport (GOALS) forum on December 12, 2012, at the Aspire Zone outdoor circuit in the Qatari capital Doha. AFP PHOTO /KARIM JAAFAR / AL-WATAN DOHA
UNDATED (CBS) -- South African track star Oscar Pistorius cried in court as prosecutors charged him with killing his girlfriend.
Oscar Pistorius hid his face as he climbed into a police van in South Africa. A crush of media followed - as he headed to court charged with the murder of his girlfriend.
Pistorius held his head in his hands and sobbed uncontrollably as prosecutors indicated they would push for a more serious charge of 'premeditated murder.'
Supermodel Reeva Steencamp was killed early Thursday morning at Pistorius' upscale home in the South African capital, Pretoria.
A police officer carried a 9 millimeter pistol into court, the same gun believed to be used in the murder.
The South African sprinter, nicknamed blade runner for his prosthetic racing legs, is a national hero. His arrest has stunned the country.
Initial reports suggested Pistorius may have mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder. But police say they have been called to the home before for domestic trouble and neighbors say they heard screaming in the build-up to the shooting.
Pistorius will remain in custody and is due back in court next Tuesday. A bail hearing is scheduled for Pistorius next week, but police are expected to reject the request.