FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — One after the other, a decide detailed the 22 costs towards an Alaskan man accused of killing 5 individuals and wounding six others within the Florida airport capturing spree. Then, Esteban Santiago pleaded not responsible.
Santiago, 26, stood in chains Monday in a purple “max custody inmate” jumpsuit as U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide Barry Seltzer took the weird step of studying the complete 17-web page indictment aloud in courtroom — with repeated emphasis on the victims’ names. After every rely, Santiago stated he understood and was requested if he realized he might get the demise penalty if convicted.
“Sure, I do,” he replied.
Santiago, an Iraq warfare veteran who lived in Anchorage, Alaska, was taken into custody shortly after investigators say he opened hearth in a baggage declare space Jan. 6 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport.
He’s being held with out bail on fees of inflicting dying or bodily hurt at a world airport, inflicting dying throughout a criminal offense of violence and utilizing a firearm throughout a criminal offense of violence. His courtroom-appointed attorneys declined remark after Monday’s listening to.
In line with the FBI, Santiago flew on a one-means ticket from Alaska to Fort Lauderdale with a 9mm Walther handgun and two ammunition clips in a case in checked baggage. Authorities say he picked up the case, loaded the gun in a toilet and got here out firing randomly at different vacationers.
Santiago was arrested after firing 15 photographs. The FBI says he informed brokers he did the capturing due to some type of authorities thoughts management, later saying he was impressed by movies and chatrooms linked to the Islamic State.
The indictment incorporates no terrorism-associated fees regardless of these claims. It’s additionally not clear why Santiago got here to Fort Lauderdale.
The FBI beforehand stated Santiago visited its workplace in Anchorage final yr complaining about listening to voices and supposed CIA thoughts management, which led to Anchorage police briefly seizing his gun and Santiago’s temporary keep in a psychological hospital.
Data on the Alaska Psychiatric Institute present Santiago was given anti-nervousness drugs however no prescriptions for medicine that may deal with critical psychological circumstances such…