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Fort Lauderdale airport shooting trial faces a big delay

Esteban Santiago, the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect, exits the jail accompanied by two federal officers.
Esteban Santiago, the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect, exits the jail accompanied by two federal officers. Miami Herald File

The trial of Esteban Santiago, who is accused of fatally shooting five people and wounding six at Fort Lauderdale’s airport, has been postponed until at least June 11 as prosecutors decide whether to seek the death penalty.

Santiago’s trial had been scheduled tentatively for Jan. 22 in federal court in Miami, but U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom agreed to postpone the trial until June during a court hearing Monday afternoon.

Santiago, 27, who grew up in Puerto Rico and most recently lived in Anchorage, Alaska, has pleaded not guilty to a 22-count indictment in the Jan. 6 mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Ten of the charges carry a potential death sentence or life in federal prison.

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