Oscar Pistorius buried his head in his hands and cried as the murder charge was read out.
He arrived in court wearing a dark suit, blue shirt and tie. He was looking down at the ground, quietly sobbing.
Pistorius will concentrate on defending himself against allegations that he murdered his model girlfriend on Valentine's morning.
The South African press say the weapon is a key piece of police evidence, but Pistorius' family said the death is a 'tragic accident.'
The family and management of Oscar Pistorius have released a statement disputing the murder charge against him 'in the strongest terms'.