PRETORIA - The state prosecution team in the Chanelle Henning murder case intends calling nearly 50 witnesses when the matter goes to trial later in 2012.
The indictment served on one of the murder accused, Andre Gouws, in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday revealed he was hired by his friend, Nico Henning, Chanelle’s estranged husband.
Henning was shot dead moments after dropping her son off at school in Faerie Glen in the east of Pretoria in 2011.
Top of the list of witnesses are the men convicted of murdering Henning, Willem Pieterse and Gerhardus du Plessis.
In their plea agreement with the state the pair committed to testifying against co-accused Andre Gouws and Ambrose Monye.
Gouws and Monye go on trial in November.
Also on the list is Gouws’ former girlfriend Estelle Hepburn.
The state is likely to call employees from Henning's son's school as well as neighbours in the area where she was murdered.
Henning's estranged husband, Nico, will feature prominently in the state's case against the two men accused of murdering her.
The indictment served on Gouws also stated he was hired to help Nico in his quest for custody of his son.
It is also alleged that Nico had his wife Chanelle's movement and interaction with various parties documented.
A state witness will testify Gouws reported his observations to Nico, while the state previously told the court that Nico is a suspect who had not been arrested.
Nico has always maintained he was not responsible for his wife's murder.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)