Cruz, 19, selected to stay silent throughout a listening to in Broward County circuit courtroom in Fort Lauderdale. Decide Elizabeth Scherer then entered the not-guilty plea on his behalf for 17 counts every of first-degree homicide and tried homicide for the Feb. 14 taking pictures spree in Parkland.
Cruz, carrying an orange jail jumpsuit and shackled at wrists and ankles, sat alone and saved his head bowed in what is generally the jury field whereas guarded by a dozen deputies.
9 family members of victims of the assault at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Excessive College attended the listening to. “Son of a bitch,” one stated as Cruz was led from the courtroom.
State prosecutors stated on Tuesday they might search the dying penalty for the bloodbath wherein 17 college students and employees had been gunned down. Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott has stated he helps the dying penalty for Cruz.
Scherer additionally instructed Cruz to fill out an software to find out if he will pay for his legal professionals. After a presentation on Cruz’s funds by his legal professionals, she stated he had roughly $37,000 and scheduled an April 11 listening to to find out whether or not he was indigent.
Scherer additionally set April 27 for a listening to for attorneys to conform to a trial date.
Cruz’s courtroom look coincided with college students spilling out of school rooms by the hundreds waving indicators and chanting slogans in a coast-to-coast protest in opposition to gun violence prompted by the Florida rampage.
One of many protests occurred in Fort Lauderdale close to the courthouse, in entrance of the county’s public college workplaces. About 275 college students from a half dozen Broward County excessive colleges, a few of whom walked greater than 15 miles (24 km), demanded an finish to gun violence.
About 40 of the scholars staged a “die in,” laying down on the sidewalk to protest gun violence in colleges. Others chanted, “Finish gun violence. No extra silence.”
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