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Judge won't close hearings in Florida school shooting case

Judge: Florida school shooting trial off indefinitely
Suzanne Devine Clark
Posted at 4:32 PM, Aug 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-17 16:32:51-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WTXL) — A Florida judge has refused to close pretrial hearings to the media and public in the case of the man accused of killing 17 people in a 2018 high school mass shooting.

Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Tuesday rejected a motion by defendant Nikolas Cruz’s lawyers claiming that intense pretrial media coverage jeopardizes his right to a fair trial.

The motion had been opposed by The Associated Press and other media outlets.

The 22-year-old Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Seventeen people died and 17 were wounded in that shooting.