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Bond reduced for former Broward County deputy Scot Peterson in Parkland school shooting

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Posted at 11:38 AM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 11:38:41-04

A judge reduced bond on Thursday for a former Broward County deputy arrested in connection with a deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last year.

Judge Elizabeth Scherer reduced bond for 56-year-old Scot Peterson to $39,500, down significantly from his previous bond of $102,000.

Peterson will not have to wear a GPS ankle monitor when he bonds out of jail, and must surrender his passport within 48 hours of being released, Judge Scherer ruled. He also cannot be employed in a job involving minors.

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Peterson is facing charges of child neglect, culpable negligence, and perjury stemming from the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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His attorney, Joseph DiRuzzo, said Peterson should not face the neglect and negligence charges because he was not legally a caregiver with direct responsibility for the students.

Peterson appeared before Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Thursday, the same judge overseeing the trial of 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz, the suspected Parkland school shooter.