Defense seeks evidence from school shooting commission

    FILE- Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the Parkland school shooting faces new charges. (Broward County Sheriff's Office)

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz are trying to pry loose evidence for his defense from a state commission that investigated the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    Nikolas Cruz is accused of gunning down 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Valentine's Day. (WPEC)

    The commission did dozens of interviews and collected numerous pieces of evidence before releasing its 446-page report earlier this month. Cruz attorney Melisa McNeill said at a hearing Tuesday the defense needs access to that material for his defense.

    Prosecutors said they would turn over about 180 witness statements to Cruz's lawyers by Jan. 29.

    Prosecutors say another hearing Wednesday includes a defense attempt to prevent further contact between Cruz and a corrections officer he's accused of assaulting in November.

    Cruz could get the death penalty if convicted of killing 17 people and wounding 17 others in the school shooting last year.

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