Judge sets January trial for Alaska man charged with Florida airport shooting

Esteban Santiago, accused Fort Lauderdale airport shooter.
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MIAMI, Florida (AP) - Update
Trial has been delayed until January for an Alaska man charged with killing five people and wounding six in a mass shooting at a Florida airport.

A federal judge on Friday set a Jan. 22 trial date for 27-year-old Esteban Santiago of Anchorage, who had been set for an October trial.

More time is needed for the Justice Department to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

Santiago pleaded not guilty to a 22-count indictment in the Jan. 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Santiago has been diagnosed as schizophrenic but his lawyers say he is competent for trial.

After the shooting, the FBI says Santiago told agents he acted under government mind control, then claimed inspiration by the Islamic State extremist group. No terrorism links have been found.

Original Story
An Alaska man charged with killing five people and wounding six in a Florida airport shooting spree is due in court as a judge closely monitors his mental health.

Lawyers for 27-year-old Esteban Santiago of Anchorage, Alaska, have said he's fit to stand trial despite a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The hearing Friday is one of several a federal judge is holding on Santiago's health status.

Santiago pleaded not guilty to a 22-count indictment in the Jan. 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The Justice Department could seek the death penalty, but trial is many months away.

After the shooting, the FBI says Santiago told agents he acted under government mind control, then claimed inspiration by the Islamic State extremist group. No terrorism links have been found.



 
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