Parkland shooting judge trial, begin in early 2020 for the suspect

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Parkland shooting judge trial, begin in early 2020 for the suspect.

A judge wants trial to begin in early 2020 for the suspect in a Florida high school massacre that left 17 people dead last year.

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Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said at a brief hearing Thursday that she intends to set a definitive trial date soon for 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who faces the death penalty if convicted. No exact date has been set.

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Cruz is accused of killing 17 and wounding 17 in the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He is also accused of assaulting a jail corrections officer while in custody.

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Cruz’s attorneys have said he will plead guilty in return for a life prison sentence, but prosecutors have refused that offer.

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