Florida School Shooting Suspect Due Back in Court

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -
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Nikolas Cruz appears in court for a status hearing before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2018. (Reuters/Mike Stocker/Pool/File)

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is due back in court for a status hearing on his death-penalty case.

The hearing is set for Thursday afternoon in Broward County Circuit Court. A number of matters could come up, ranging from the pace of defense interviews of witnesses to a potential setting of a tentative trial date.

The 20-year-old Cruz is accused of killing 17 people and wounding 17 others in last year’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He is also accused of assaulting a jail corrections officer.

Cruz’s attorneys have said he will plead guilty in return for a life prison sentence. Prosecutors have insisted instead on seeking the death penalty.