Florida mass shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz makes second court appearance

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Nikolas Cruz is accused of 17 counts of murder after opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day.

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Nikolas Cruz making a second appearance in court after the school massacre.

Nikolas Cruz, accused of 17 counts of murder after a shooting at a Florida school, is making his second court appearance.

Cruz was attending a “status hearing” at the court, at 1pm ET (6pm GMT).

He is accused of 17 counts of murder after opening gunfire at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day.

Among the dead were students at the school, a teacher and an American football coach.

Dressed in orange prison uniform, Cruz remained handcuffed as he was led into the courtroom and sat down next to a lawyer, who offered him advice ahead of the hearing.

In America, status hearings are not part of the trial. The defendant must attend, and they sometimes will advise of the plea they wish to enter.

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The defendant will also talk to the judge about whether they are ready for their trial.

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