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Hearing postponed in Florida school shooting case

June 21, 2018
FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz sits in the Broward County courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Defense attorneys for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz are asking a judge to order investigators to preserve most evidence in the case, except for the building where the Valentine’s Day massacre took place. A hearing was set Thursday, June 21, 2018 on motions seeking to preserve evidence including field notes made by law enforcement officials that may have some bearing on the case. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A hearing has been postponed on motions by attorneys for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz asking a judge to order investigators to preserve most evidence in the case, except for the building where the Valentine’s Day massacre took place.

The hearing was reset until July 16 on motions seeking to preserve various evidence that may have some bearing on the case. The motions don’t object to the planned destruction of the crime scene building where 17 people died and 17 others were wounded in the February attack.

Also in July a judge will consider a motion seeking to prevent public release of Cruz’s statement to detectives after the shooting. The Cruz lawyers say it would jeopardize his fair trial rights.

Nineteen-year-old Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted.

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