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Broward judge eyes ‘tentative’ 2020 start for trial in Parkland massacre

Confessed school shooter Cruz makes court appearance

Confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz appears before a Broward County judge Friday, March 9, 2018. He has been indicted on charges of fatally shooting 17 people and attempting to kill 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High last month. The judg
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Confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz appears before a Broward County judge Friday, March 9, 2018. He has been indicted on charges of fatally shooting 17 people and attempting to kill 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High last month. The judg

The judge overseeing the case of confessed Parkland killer Nikolas Cruz asked attorneys on Thursday to consider January 2020 as the “tentative” goal for a trial date.

Cruz faces the death penalty on charges of murdering 17 students and staffers, while wounding 17 more, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on Feb. 14, 2018. It was the worst school shooting in Florida history, and led to a renewed national debate over gun control.

Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer held a brief calendar call hearing Thursday afternoon with prosecutors and defense attorneys handling the Cruz case. She said attorneys should consider preparing pretrial motions for September or October.

“I just ask that you keep these dates in mind as a goal moving forward,” Scherer said.

The Miami Herald, McClatchy and The Trace, an online nonprofit news organization that covers firearms issues, tracked gun deaths among youths 18 and under in the year since the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

Miami Herald staff writer David Ovalle contributed to this report

Martin Vassolo is a general assignment reporter on the Miami Herald’s metro desk. He was a member of the Herald’s reporting team covering the 2018 midterm elections and Florida’s recount. Previously, he worked as a political reporting intern with the Herald and as editor-in-chief of the University of Florida’s student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator.
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