By CURT ANDERSON , AP Legal Affairs Writer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge is seeking to get things moving in the death penalty case against Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz.
Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer at a hearing Friday set a May 4 deadline for defense lawyers to file a demand for evidence from prosecutors.
Scherer also granted a request by Cruz's public defender to waive Florida's speedy trial rule. The rule generally requires that a felony defendant go to trial within 175 days of arrest unless it's waived.
The 19-year-old Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
His lawyer says Cruz would plead guilty if guaranteed a life without parole sentence, but prosecutors seek the death penalty.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, appeared in court Friday afternoon. The hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. had to be delayed until 2:15 p.m. because of a lack of a court reporter. The judge said there was a mix-up.
By: Gary Detman
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CBS12) — The teen who confessed to killing 17 people on Valentine's Day at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland is due in court Friday afternoon.
Lawyers for Nikolas Cruz are expected to hash out details about his pending death penalty case.
Cruz is facing 17 counts of first degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the mass school shooting in February.