FT. LAUDERDALE, February 19, 2018. – Nikolas Cruz, the man who is accused of killing 17, both students and teachers, during a shooting spree at Douglas High School, was quiet during his first circuit court appearance in Broward County.
On February 14, in less than one hour, Cruz kills 17 people, injures 16 others, escapes with running students, flees to a Subway where he buys a drink, then goes to a McDonald’s and sits.
Law enforcement arrests him as he leaves the McDonald’s.
Cruz entered the courtroom shackled and wearing a red prison uniform.
His appearance comes five days after the Douglas High School shooting.
Cruz avoided the cameras, which were recording his appearance in the courtroom. In the presence of his lawyers, Nikolas Cruz was signing a document. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer ordered Cruz be present. His lawyers claimed that his appearance would just create a media circus.
Nearly 30 different reporters, cameramen and photographers were present in the courtroom. Judge Scherer is presiding over a motion filed by Cruz’s legal defense team.
The document in question has something to do with the lawyers’ access to their client.
Sealing the records of Nickolas Cruz
The defense requested the motion to remain sealed, which Scherer agreed to keep sealed. The defense is now working to keep any future documents under seal.
Nikolas Cruz skipped a second hearing, where a different judge decided that Florida’s Department of Children and Families could publicly release all records it has relating to Cruz, however, they were allowed to redact names of any workers who handled Cruz’s case.
Neither side objected because most of the records were previously released by news outlets such as NBC News.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Cruz’s appearance is one that will stand out in the history books, because he is the only mass shooter in modern history to survive. The shooters in Orlando, Virginia Tech, Las Vegas and Sandy Hook were killed by police or they ended up shooting themselves.
As a result of him living, officials placed Cruz on suicide watch.