Latest Nikolas Cruz News

Cruz attorneys want to question his mental counselors alone

Apr. 18, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The attorneys for the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre told a judge Thursday that if she doesn't allow them to question his former mental health counselors without prosecutors' knowledge and presence she risks causing a lengthy delay to his trial or a...

Families of massacre victims criticize notification process

Apr. 10, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Families whose loved ones perished in last year's Florida high school massacre told a state commission Wednesday they waited hours, often alone in a room, before being told of the death in a process that seemed chaotic and lacking empathy. Parents of students Luke Hoyer, Gina Montalto...

The Latest: Parkland families lament how they were notified

Apr. 10, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the school shootings in Parkland, Fla. (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Families of the slain victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, told a state commission they were notified their loved ones had been killed in ways that were often confusing and lacking...

School shooting suspect ordered to attend pretrial hearings

Apr. 5, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge ordered the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre to attend his pretrial hearings after his attorneys refused to let the judge question him Friday. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer ordered Nikolas Cruz remain in the courtroom for a hearing on whether...

Sheriff suspended in Florida shooting appeals judge's ruling

Apr. 5, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff who was suspended after the Parkland school shooting is appealing a judge's decision to dismiss his lawsuit challenging his suspension. A judge ruled Thursday that Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order removing Scott Israel as Broward County sheriff was...

Massacre suspect wants mental health experts names sealed

Mar. 26, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A hearing in the case of the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre has been postponed after both sides told the judge they need more time. Attorneys for Nikolas Cruz say the names of the mental health experts who visit him in jail shouldn't be disclosed. A judge...

Attorney, judge argue over Florida school shooting evidence

Mar. 22, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — 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...

Florida school shooting suspect said he heard 'demons'

Mar. 16, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — 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...

Parkland shooting: Suspended sheriff sues Florida governor

Mar. 7, 2019 5:37 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida sheriff who was suspended by the governor and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting filed suit Thursday seeking his job back and alleging Gov. Ron DeSantis improperly ousted him for political reasons. Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott...

Board votes to retain Stoneman Douglas superintendent

Mar. 5, 2019 7:08 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The superintendent of the Florida school district where a gunman killed 17 last year weathered an attempt Tuesday to fire him by a board member who lost a daughter in the shooting. The Broward school board voted 6-3 to retain Superintendent Robert Runcie, rejecting a motion...