Florida airport shooting suspect due back in court

Posted by on December 18, 2017 12:00 pm
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MIAMI — An Alaska man accused of killing five people and wounding six in a Florida airport shooting rampage is due back in federal court.

A federal judge has been closely monitoring the mental health of 27-year-old Esteban Santiago of Anchorage, Alaska. His lawyers have said he’s fit to stand trial despite a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The hearing Monday could also focus on whether the Justice Department will seek the death penalty.

Santiago pleaded not guilty to a 22-count indictment in the Jan. 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Trial is currently scheduled for Jan. 22, 2018 in Miami.