Accused Fla. airport shooter pleads not guilty to federal charges

Accused Fla. airport shooter pleads not guilty to federal charges

While Santiago and his lawyers waived the reading of the charges, U.S. District Court Magistrate Barry Seltzer insisted on reading all 22 of them out and asking the shackled prisoner if he understood.

Esteban Santiago entered his pleas at Fort Lauderdale federal court while dozens of heavily-armed officers kept watch outside the courthouse.

The Iraq war veteran charged with killing five people and injuring six others in a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale's worldwide airport pleaded not guilty to the allegations against him on Monday.

Santiago, who has a history of mental health problems, has been locked up in the Broward County main jail in downtown Fort Lauderdale since he surrendered to law enforcement after firing all 15 bullets that he had at the airport.

At Monday's arraignment, Santiago will formally hear the charges against him. His defense attorney told the judge that Santiago pleaded not guilty to each charge.

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He's charged with causing death or bodily harm at an worldwide airport, causing death during a crime of violence and using a firearm during a crime of violence. Monday's hearing was in Fort Lauderdale. At the end of the hearing, his public defender told the judge Santiago pleads "not guilty" to all charges and demands a jury trial.

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

Santiago purchased a one-way ticket from Alaska to Fort Lauderdale two days before his January 5 flight, and his only checked baggage was a gun, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Michael Ferlazzo said in court earlier this month.

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

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

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