Nikolas Cruz withdraws not guilty plea in connection with Parkland school shooting

19-year-old gunman 'stands mute' to charges against him


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nikolas Cruz withdrew his not guilty plea Thursday in connection with the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a court filing stated.

According to the document, a written plea of not guilty was filed before formal charges were brought against the 19-year-old.

Cruz was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.

He now "stands mute" to the charges against him.

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