Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz appears in court

19-year-old gunman remains without bond on 17 counts of attempted murder

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nikolas Cruz appeared before a judge Friday, one day after withdrawing his not guilty plea in connection with the Parkland school shooting.

Cruz was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in connection with the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The 19-year-old was briefly in court as a Broward County judge ordered that Cruz remain in jail without bond on the 17 additional counts of attempted murder.

Cruz has been in jail since he used an AR-15 rifle that he legally purchased to kill 14 students and three teachers at his former school.

His arraignment is scheduled for next Wednesday.

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