Prosecutors want Florida massacre suspect’s medical records

U.S. 05/28/19, 00:20

Prosecutors are seeking mental health and medical records of the former student charged with last year's Florida school massacre.Prosecutors will ask Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Tuesday to order a psychologist and an orthopedic clinic turn over Nikolas Cruz's records.Psychologist Daniel Mauer treated Cruz before the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at ...

Florida school shooting defendant due back in court

U.S. 05/21/19, 00:06

The defendant charged with killing 17 people in last year's Florida school shooting is due back in court.A status hearing is scheduled Tuesday for 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz in the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz could get the death penalty if convicted.The hearing will likely focus ...

Judge: Public defender must represent massacre defendant

U.S. 05/03/19, 16:07

A public defender must continue representing the former student charged in last year's Florida high school massacre, a judge ruled Friday, saying it's unlikely that Nikolas Cruz will actually receive a large inheritance left by his late mother.Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer rejected a request from Broward County public defenders to ...

Judge: Massacre suspect’s attorneys can’t summon counselors

U.S. 05/02/19, 12:06

Attorneys for the former student charged with last year's Florida high school massacre won't get to secretly subpoena his former mental health counselors.Judge Elizabeth Scherer in an order posted Thursday ruled Nikolas Cruz's public defenders under Florida law can't force counselors who treated him before the shooting to be interviewed ...

Massacre defendant’s attorneys want judge to remove them

U.S. 05/01/19, 00:21

The public defenders representing the former student charged with the Florida high school massacre are set to ask a judge to remove them from the case.The Broward County Public Defender's Office will ask Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Wednesday to order Nikolas Cruz to hire a private attorney with the $432,000 ...

Public defender wants to drop Florida massacre suspect

U.S. 04/24/19, 16:13

The public defenders representing the young man charged in the Parkland school massacre are asking to withdraw from the case, saying the defendant will soon receive nearly a half-million dollars and will no longer qualify for free legal representation.The Broward County Public Defender's Office filed a notice Wednesdaym saying Nikolas ...

Cruz attorneys want to question his mental counselors alone

U.S. 04/18/19, 00:09

Attorneys for the suspect in last year's Florida school massacre will ask a judge to let them question his former mental health counselors without prosecutors present.Attorneys for Nikolas Cruz are scheduled Thursday to ask Judge Elizabeth Scherer for permission to question the counselors without notifying prosecutors or allowing their attendance. ...

26 victims of Parkland shooting sue school board, sheriff

U.S. 04/10/19, 10:27

Survivors and family members of the slain victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, had plans Wednesday to sue the school district, the sheriff's office, a deputy and a school monitor, claiming their negligence allowed the massacre to happen.Lawyers for the victims planned to file the lawsuits in state ...

School shooting suspect ordered to attend pretrial hearings

U.S. 04/05/19, 11:32

A judge ordered the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre to attend his pretrial hearings after his attorneys refused to let her question him.Attorneys for Nikolas Cruz say he has agreed to skip the hearings because his presence draws television coverage that emotionally damages survivors of the Feb. ...

Massacre suspect wants mental health experts names sealed

Health 03/26/19, 04:37

The suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre will be back in court as his attorneys try to prevent prosecutors from learning the mental health experts they are consulting.Attorneys for Nikolas Cruz will argue Tuesday that the names of the mental health experts who visit him in jail shouldn't ...

Attorney, judge argue over Florida school shooting evidence

U.S. 03/22/19, 14:24

An attorney representing the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre and the judge overseeing the case got into a brief but heated argument Friday during an otherwise routine pretrial hearing over evidence.Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill accused Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer of misrepresenting her arguments during a hearing ...

Florida school shooting suspect said he heard ‘demons’

U.S. 03/16/19, 11:30

The suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre told officers moments after his capture he was hearing demons, a statement that could be used if his attorneys mount an insanity defense.Body-camera video released by prosecutors begins with Nikolas Cruz handcuffed and face down on the ground on Feb. 14, ...

Florida school shooting suspect due back in court

U.S. 02/21/19, 01:04

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is due back in court for a status hearing on his death penalty case.The hearing is set Thursday afternoon in Broward County Circuit Court. A number of matters could come up ranging from the pace of defense interviews of witnesses to a potential setting ...

School shooting’s criminal, civil cases slowly creep forward

U.S. 02/14/19, 11:21

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre resulted in criminal and civil court cases and the creation of a state investigative panel examining the shooting's causes. A look at where those stand:CRIMINAL CASEThe murder case against 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz is moving slowly and could take years. Defense lawyers are gradually ...

Hearing on Parkland father’s confrontation with ex-monitor

Baseball 02/13/19, 01:27

A judge is holding a hearing after a former security monitor at a Florida school where 17 people were killed said he's being harassed by a victim's father.The hearing is set Wednesday on a complaint filed by Andrew Medina. Medina says Andrew Pollack showed up at a park last week ...

School shooting’s criminal, civil cases slowly creep forward

U.S. 02/07/19, 10:32

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre resulted in criminal and civil court cases and the creation of a state investigative panel examining the shooting's causes. A look at where those stand:CRIMINAL CASEThe murder case against 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz is moving slowly and could take years. Defense lawyers are gradually ...

Shooting parents call for furniture company boycott

U.S. 01/28/19, 19:17

The parents of some victims of the Florida high school massacre protested Monday outside a furniture company whose CEO's support, they say, has helped prevent the firing of the local school superintendent.Three victims' parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and about 50 supporters held up signs calling for a boycott ...

Judge: No contempt for sheriff over school shooting records

U.S. 01/23/19, 11:37

A Florida judge has denied an effort by defense attorneys to hold the Broward Sheriff's Office in contempt of court for releasing suspect Nikolas Cruz's medical records to a state investigative commission.The order dated Tuesday by Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer says the records release was limited, not done in bad ...

Hearing set on school shooting suspect’s contact with guard

U.S. 01/16/19, 00:05

A judge is set to consider whether Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz should still be supervised by a corrections officer he is accused of assaulting.Cruz's lawyers want Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Wednesday to stop Cruz from being supervised by Sgt. Raymond Beltran. Cruz is kept segregated from other ...

Defense seeks evidence from school shooting commission

U.S. 01/15/19, 14:34

Lawyers for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz are trying to pry loose evidence for his defense from a state commission that investigated the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.The commission did dozens of interviews and collected numerous pieces of evidence before releasing its 446-page report earlier this month. ...

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