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Nikolas Cruz indicted on 17 counts of murder, jail records reveal odd behavior in days after Florida massacre

Posted by On March 08, 2018

Nikolas Cruz indicted on 17 counts of murder, jail records reveal odd behavior in days after Florida massacre

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Students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 of their fellow classmates lost their lives announce plans for a national gun control march in Washington; Steve Harrigan reports from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz, whose jail records show was unapologetic and behaved oddly in the days following the massacre, was formally charged Wednesday with 17 counts each of premeditated murder and attempted murder.

The Broward County Grand Jury announced on Wednesday the 34-count indictment for Cruz, who allegedly opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people. The attempted murder charges were for the 17 other people injured in the mass shooting on Valentine’s Day.

Nikolas Cruz, facing 17 charges of premeditated murder in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, appears in court for a status hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. February 19, 2018.   REUTERS/Mike Stocker/Pool     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC11AA31B370

Nikolas Cruz appeared to "break out i n laughter" during and after a visit from his attorney, jail records showed. (Reuters)

Fox News earlier obtained jail records released by Broward Sheriff’s Office released jail records that detailed officers’ observation of Cruz in solitary confinement. The observations, taken between Feb. 17 and Feb. 24, illustrated the 19-year-old's odd behavior in the days after he allegedly opened fire inside

In an entry on Feb. 17 â€" three days after the Parkland massacre â€" Cruz was noted as relaxed, cooperate, “logical and coherent” with a normal speech, jail records showed. The reports for the following days showed roughly the same details. At times, Cruz is observed “lying on his back staring at the ceiling” and avoids eye contact. Cruz appeared “restless” and in “deep thought” other times.

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The accused gunman’s visitors consist of his attorney and one other “family visit,” though it’s unclear who the individual was. During a visit from his attorney six days after the deadly shooting, Cruz “appeared to break out in laughter both during and immediately following his professional visit.” Though he appeared engaged with the attorney, Cruz responded in a “calm and slow” manner when speaking to a doctor and nurse, records show.

Nikolas Cruz, facing 17 charges of premeditated murder in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, appears in court for a status hearing before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. February 19, 2018.   REUTERS/Mike Stocker/Pool - RC1C1B8BF0E0

Nikolas Cruz was often observed staring at the ground and avoiding eye contact. (Reuters)

On Feb. 24, the last entry of the records, Cruz requested a Bible. He doesn’t sleep at night, according to the records, and instead “twists and turns in bunk.” He “stares at wall in deep thought, eyes closed, appears to be resting [but] not asleep.”

The 19-year-old isn’t allowed to interact with inmates “for his safety.”

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This photo provided by the Broward County Jail shows Nikolas Cruz.  Authorities say Cruz, a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday,  Feb. 14, 2018, killing more than a dozen people and injuring several.  (Broward County Jail via AP)

Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He is being held without bail. (Broward County Sheriff's Office)

The records come weeks after details of Cruz’s troubled past were released. Cruz was investigated by social services and mental health professionals in 2016 after disturbing Snapchat videos of his were uncovered â€" but the teen avoided hospitalization and was deemed not to be a threat to himself or others.

James and Kimberly Snead, the couple who took in Cruz after his mother’s death, testified before a grand jury on Wednesday.

Grand jurors heard testimony from witnesses before issuing the formal indictment against Cruz.

“I'll simpl y tell you that they were very cooperative. The grand jurors asked some very insightful questions and they answered them to the best of their ability,” The Snead family’s attorney, Jim Lewis, told reporters after the couple testified. "They still don’t know what happened, why this happened. They still don’t have any answers. They feel very badly for everybody.”

“They tried to do the right thing. They tried to provide a home to this young man who lost his mother and didn’t have a home and nobody saw this coming. Nobody could predict this.”

Broward County Grand Jury announced the 17 counts of premeditated murder charges were for the deaths of Luke Hoyer, Martin Duque-Anquiano, Gina Mantalt o, Alexander Schachter, Alaina Petty, Alyssa Alhadeff, Nicholas Dworet, Helena Ramsay, Christopher Hixon, Carmen Schentrup, Aaron Feis, Scott Biegel, Meadow Pollack, Cara Loughran, Joaquin Oliver-Padauy, Jaime Guttenberg and Peter Wang.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Source: Google News | Neti zen 24 United States

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