Stoneman Douglas Shooting Suspect Expected in Court

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Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is expected to appear in court Friday, a day after withdrawing his not guilty plea.

Cruz, 19, was scheduled to appear to face 17 counts of attempted murder in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He also faces 17 counts of first-degree murder.

Cruz was formally indicted by a grand jury on the 34 counts on Wednesday. On Thursday, he withdrew his plea of not guilty and changed it to “standing mute.” By standing mute, Cruz is pleading neither guilty nor not guilty to the charges.

The public defender’s office has said Cruz would plead guilty if prosecutors do not pursue the death penalty, but no decision has been announced on that.

Cruz will remain behind bars without bond.


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