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Thursday 27 April 2017

Florida airport shooting suspect enters not guilty plea

Esteban Santiago at the Broward County jail (AP)
Esteban Santiago at the Broward County jail (AP)

The suspect in the Florida airport shooting spree in which five people were killed and six were injured has pleaded not guilty.

During a Monday hearing, 26-year-old Esteban Santiago told the judge he understood each of the charges in the 22-count federal indictment.

He is accused in the January 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Santiago is charged with causing death or bodily harm at an international airport, causing death during a crime of violence and using a firearm during a crime of violence. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

The FBI says Santiago flew from Anchorage, Alaska, to Fort Lauderdale with a handgun in a case in checked luggage.

Authorities say he loaded the gun in a bathroom and came out firing in a baggage claim area.


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