Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz withdraws not guilty plea, stands mute on 34 counts


THURSDAY, 4:15PM ET UPDATE:  Nikolas Cruz withdrew his not guilty plea Thursday and instead chose to "stand mute," according to a court motion.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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grand jury in Broward County has formally indicted Nikolas Cruz in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the county's state attorney announced Wednesday.

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The panel charged the 19-year-old with 17 counts of premeditated first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder in the mass shooting at the Parkland high school that left 14 students and three adults dead.


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