Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect to be arraigned Monday

Jan 31, 2017, 00:29

"Esteban Santiago, shackled and wearing a prison jumpsuit, stood while Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer read all 22 counts", NPR's Greg Allen reports from the court in Fort Lauderdale.

While Santiago told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents he was motivated by ISIS, law enforcement have found no evidence to support his claims and the indictment includes no terrorism charges. He's accused in the January 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

But now, Santiago pleads 'not guilty.' He'll face an eventual trial, potentially with a death penalty.

If convicted of the most serious charge - violence at an global airport causing death - Santiago faces the possibility of the death penalty.

Esteban Santiago (center) is led from the Broward County jail for an arraignment in federal court on Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The five people killed in the attack were in Fort Lauderdale for cruise vacations.

The six people who were injured by gunfire, including Amzibel's husband, Edward, Timmons' husband, Steve, and Oehme's wife, Kari, are identified only by their initials in the indictment.

Two months before the shooting spree, Santiago walked into an Alaska FBI office with his infant "to report that his mind was being controlled by a US intelligence agency", the feds said earlier.

Soon after landing, authorities say Santiago retrieved a 9mm handgun and ammunition that he had declared and packed in his checked luggage, then opened fire in Terminal 2 of the busy airport until he ran out of ammunition.

But after a Santiago was evaluated and pronounced stable, the Anchorage police returned his Walther 9 mm pistol.

The agent also testified that Santiago mentioned after the shooting that he was under government mind control.

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