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Trial date set for accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz

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Posted at 1:31 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 13:38:30-04

A trial date has been set for accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Cruz is charged with killing 17 people and injuring 17 more after opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February of 2018.

According to the judge's orders, pretrial motions will be heard in Broward County from January 13, 2020 through January 24, 2020.

Jury selection will then commence on Monday, January 27, 2020.

The 21-year-old Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted. His lawyers have said he will plead guilty in exchange for a life prison sentence, but prosecutors have not accepted that offer.

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Cruz is accused of assaulting a building at his former high school with an AR-15 rifle, methodically shooting people as he moved through the floors.

A Broward Sheriff's Office school officer on site, Scot Peterson, remained outside and is now being prosecuted for failing to confront the gunman.

Earlier this year, prosecutors had asked the judge to schedule the death penalty trial for September, however Cruz's lawyers said they still had large amounts of evidence to review and dozens of witnesses to interview, so the judge did not want to move that quickly.