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Judge Continues No Bond for Fla. Shooting Suspect

Nikolas Cruz is facing 17 first-degree murder and 17 attempted murder counts

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    Nikolas Cruz Faces Judge Over Parkland Shooting Case

    NBC 6's Willard Shepard reports from Fort Lauderdale, where accused Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz appeared in court via a video connection.

    (Published Friday, March 9, 2018)

    Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz appeared in court Friday, a day after withdrawing his not guilty plea.

    Cruz, 19, appeared before a judge to face 17 counts of attempted murder in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He also faces 17 counts of first-degree murder, for which he previously appeared in court.

    Cruz kept his head bowed throughout the appearance before Judge Kim Mollica, who said he would remain behind bars without bond. His attorneys didn't argue against the bond order.

    Cruz was formally indicted by a grand jury on the 34 counts on Wednesday. On Thursday, he withdrew his plea of not guilty and changed it to "standing mute." By standing mute, Cruz is pleading neither guilty nor not guilty to the charges.

    Fla. Shooting Suspect Nikolas Cruz Goes Before Judge

    [NATL-MI] Nikolas Cruz Goes Before Judge

    Nikolas Cruz, suspected of carrying out a mass shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, appeared before a judge on Friday, March 9, 2018.

    (Published Friday, March 9, 2018)

    The public defender's office has said Cruz would plead guilty if prosecutors do not pursue the death penalty, but no decision has been announced on that.