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Parkland Shooting Suspect Allowed to Skip Hearings Ahead of Trial

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    MSD Shooting Trial Expected to Start in January 2020

    The trial for Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is expected to begin in January 2020.

    (Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Cruz is accused of the 17 slayings and with wounding 17 others in the Valentine's Day massacre in 2018.

    Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz will be allowed to skip many future court hearings in the 2018 massacre that left 17 people dead.

    A Florida judge on Wednesday granted the request by lawyers for the 20-year-old Cruz, who faces the death penalty if convicted. They say Cruz's continued presence in court attracts media attention that further traumatizes victims and the public as a whole.

    Cruz told the judge he agrees with the decision.

    Cruz is accused of the 17 slayings and with wounding 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Trial is tentatively planned for January 2020.

    MSD Suspect Allowed to Skip Hearings Ahead of Trial

    [MI] MSD Suspect Allowed to Skip Hearings Ahead of Trial

    Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz will be allowed to skip many future court hearings as his planned trial draws closer in the 2018 massacre that left 17 people dead, a judge ruled Wednesday.

    (Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019)

    His lawyers say Cruz will plead guilty in exchange for a life prison sentence, but prosecutors want the case to go to trial so a jury can decide.

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