Cruz due in Florida court hearing in 2018 school shooting

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nikolas Cruz is due back in a Florida courtroom for a hearing in the 2018 school shooting that left 17 people dead.

A status hearing is set Wednesday for 20-year-old Cruz, who faces the death penalty if convicted. A likely topic is whether the case is moving toward a planned early 2020 trial date.

Cruz is accused of the 17 slayings and with wounding 17 others in the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year.

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Posted by CBS 42 on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

His lawyers say Cruz will plead guilty in exchange for a life prison sentence, but prosecutors want the case to go to trial so that a jury can decide.

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