Hearing on Cruz canceled after agreement reached - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hearing on Cruz canceled after agreement reached

Posted: Updated:

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the aftermath of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida (all times local):
  
9:35 a.m.
  
Prosecutors and defense lawyers for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz have reached an agreement on DNA and other samples he'll provide.
  
The Broward State Attorney's office says a court hearing on the matter scheduled for Tuesday was canceled because of the agreement.
  
In addition to DNA, prosecutors will get a hair sample from Cruz, as well as fingerprints and photographs.
  
The 19-year-old Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder in the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Police say Cruz confessed to the crime.
  
Cruz wasn't expected to appear at the hearing.
  
___
  
9:20 a.m.
  
A judge has refused to step aside from the case of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz as requested by his lawyers.
  
Court records show that Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer denied the request Monday.
  
Cruz's lawyers claimed Scherer has made rulings and comments that indicate favoritism for prosecutors. They say in court papers that Cruz can't get a fair trial, but Scherer disagreed.
  
Cruz's lawyers' concerns revolve around a debate last week on whether to keep a defense confidential motion secret. Cruz, who's 19, is charged with 17 counts of murder in the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
  
___
  
7:55 a.m.
  
The suspect in the mass shooting at a Florida high school refused to let the district continue providing him with mental health services after he turned 18 and the superintendent of schools says federal law kept them from doing anything about it.
  
Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie tells the Sun Sentinel "You can't make someone do something when the law says they have the right to make that determination."
  
Nikolas Cruz, now 19, is accused killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.
  
Runcie says Cruz had attended a school with programs for emotionally and disabled students, and returned to Douglas in August 2016. By November, he says the "situation had deteriorated." With the support of his mother, Cruz refused special needs services and remained at the school until February 2017.
  
___
  
7:35 a.m.
  
A court hearing on procedural matters for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been canceled.
  
Court records show a hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday is no longer on the docket. No immediate explanation was given.
  
Prosecutors had sought in the hearing to obtain an order allowing them to get hair and DNA samples from Cruz, as well as fingerprints and photographs.
  
The 19-year-old Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder in the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Police say Cruz confessed to the crime.
  
Cruz wasn't expected to appear at the hearing.
  
___
  
6:15 p.m.
  
The Florida Senate Rules Committee has voted 9-4 for a bill that would raise the age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21 and create a three-day waiting period to buy the weapons.
  
Those rules are already in place for handguns. The bill also would make it easier to block gun sales or confiscate weapons from people who show violent tendencies or signs of mental illness.
  
The bill approved Monday also would let Florida counties authorize teachers to carry concealed weapons in school if they undergo law enforcement training and are deputized by the local sheriff's office.
  
But the committee refused to add an overall assault-style weapon ban in the bill, voting that amendment down 6-7 after more than two hours of testimony from dozens of gun safety advocates. Those advocates pleaded with lawmakers to ban weapons like the AR-15 used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.
  
___
  
Follow the AP's complete coverage of the Florida school shooting here: https://apnews.com/tag/Floridaschoolshooting .

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Court documents offer new details in case of teens found in box truck

    Court documents offer new details in case of teens found in box truck

    Monday, June 18 2018 9:09 PM EDT2018-06-19 01:09:44 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Some would call this a mobile drug den: rocks of meth, a hand gun, knife, and nearly naked teens locked in the back. A newly released search warrant filed by Spokane Police details Shonn Anderson and the teens had met up on Facebook Messenger. One of the teens told police that they messaged Anderson asking if he would sell them meth for $40.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Some would call this a mobile drug den: rocks of meth, a hand gun, knife, and nearly naked teens locked in the back. A newly released search warrant filed by Spokane Police details Shonn Anderson and the teens had met up on Facebook Messenger. One of the teens told police that they messaged Anderson asking if he would sell them meth for $40.

    >>
  • Mother of six charged with first degree murder for shooting man in head outside her home

    Mother of six charged with first degree murder for shooting man in head outside her home

    Monday, June 18 2018 5:32 PM EDT2018-06-18 21:32:42 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A 32-year-old woman has been charged with first degree murder for shooting a man in the head last week. Brittany Korzonthowski was initially charged with attempted murder for shooting Caleb Tipton. Tipton was taken off life support last week. In a court hearing Monday, Korzonthowski was charged with first degree murder.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A 32-year-old woman has been charged with first degree murder for shooting a man in the head last week. Brittany Korzonthowski was initially charged with attempted murder for shooting Caleb Tipton. Tipton was taken off life support last week. In a court hearing Monday, Korzonthowski was charged with first degree murder.

    >>
  • Spokane employee burglarized at work

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:56 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:56:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- A Spokane man says he's learned the hard way to always lock his car, even if it’s just for 20 seconds. James Parker says thieves burglarized his company truck in a matter of minutes. Behind an alleyway at Mattress Firm off of Division by NorthTown Mall, Parker says he was in the store delivering inventory while his co-worker was across the way at Subway to get food. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- A Spokane man says he's learned the hard way to always lock his car, even if it’s just for 20 seconds. James Parker says thieves burglarized his company truck in a matter of minutes. Behind an alleyway at Mattress Firm off of Division by NorthTown Mall, Parker says he was in the store delivering inventory while his co-worker was across the way at Subway to get food. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spraying snake with gas leads to house blaze in Finland

    Spraying snake with gas leads to house blaze in Finland

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:28 AM EDT2018-06-19 13:28:33 GMT

    HELSINKI - An improvised method of getting rid of a snake in a garden by spraying it with gasoline kicked off a chain reaction that ended up with a house on fire in southern Finland. Finnish public broadcaster YLE reported Tuesday that some of the flammable liquid spread by an ill-fated homeowner in Siuntio, west of Helsinki, landed on a nearby lawnmower that was warm enough to ignite a fire. 

    >>

    HELSINKI - An improvised method of getting rid of a snake in a garden by spraying it with gasoline kicked off a chain reaction that ended up with a house on fire in southern Finland. Finnish public broadcaster YLE reported Tuesday that some of the flammable liquid spread by an ill-fated homeowner in Siuntio, west of Helsinki, landed on a nearby lawnmower that was warm enough to ignite a fire. 

    >>
  • New Jersey school district to improve bus safety after deadly crash

    New Jersey school district to improve bus safety after deadly crash

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:16 AM EDT2018-06-19 13:16:42 GMT

    A New Jersey school district has moved to improve the safety of its buses following a crash last month that killed a student and a teacher.    The Paramus Board of Education approved several new safety measures Monday, including stricter background checks for drivers and the purchase of three-point seat belts for all buses. The changes come in the wake of the deadly May 17 crash in Mount Olive.

    >>

    A New Jersey school district has moved to improve the safety of its buses following a crash last month that killed a student and a teacher.    The Paramus Board of Education approved several new safety measures Monday, including stricter background checks for drivers and the purchase of three-point seat belts for all buses. The changes come in the wake of the deadly May 17 crash in Mount Olive.

    >>
  • WATCH: Kansas mother gets $132,000 bill after child accidentally knocks over statue at community center

    WATCH: Kansas mother gets $132,000 bill after child accidentally knocks over statue at community center

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 8:56 AM EDT2018-06-19 12:56:18 GMT

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A Kansas family received a letter from an insurance company seeking $132,000 in damages after their 5-year-old accidentally toppled a statue in a community center last month. 

    >>

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A Kansas family received a letter from an insurance company seeking $132,000 in damages after their 5-year-old accidentally toppled a statue in a community center last month.  Sarah Goodman of Overland Park, Kansas, said her family, including her husband and four kids, were at a wedding reception on May 19 at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center and as they were saying goodbye, they heard some commotion around the corner.  

    >>