TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Latest on the deadly shooting at a Florida high school. (all times local):
The lawyer for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has filed court papers saying he is withdrawing a preliminary not guilty plea and will enter no plea at all.
Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill said in the filing Thursday that Cruz "stands mute" before the court. She said the not guilty plea was entered prematurely, before a grand jury indicted Cruz on 17 murder and 17 attempted murder charges in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The public defender's office has said Cruz would plead guilty if prosecutors do not pursue the death penalty, but no decision has been announced on that.
The next step will be an arraignment for Cruz, where a judge likely would enter a not guilty plea for him to keep the process moving.
Emergency calls from parents and students during the Florida high school massacre show 911 operators at first trying to grasp the enormity of the emergency and then calmly trying to gather information to assist arriving law enforcement officers.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office released audio of 10 of the 81 calls its 911 center received during the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead and its aftermath. Calls were coming in from students hiding in classrooms and from parents, who were getting calls from their children.
In one 16-minute call, a man relays information from a mother who is on another line with her daughter. The girl is in a classroom with just one other girl, but there is nowhere to hide. The 911 operator gets information and instructs them to be quiet in case the shooter is nearby. Her mom can be heard telling the girl, "I love you, I love you."
After about 15 minutes, police officers enter the building and lead the girls out.
Florida's teacher union is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to veto $67 million that's been set aside for a contentious program that would allow the training and arming of some people who work at schools.
The Florida Education Association on Thursday sent a letter to Scott saying the only people who should have guns in schools need to be trained law enforcement. The letter came a day after the Florida Legislature narrowly approved a sweeping gun and school safety bill, following a school shooting that killed 17 people.
The bill creates the guardian program that would enable school employees and many teachers to carry guns if they go through law enforcement training and their school districts agree to participate.
Scott has said several times that he's against arming teachers but legislators approved the program anyway. Under Florida law, Scott can sign the bill but use his line-item veto power to eliminate the money set aside for the guardian program.
The attorney for the family that took in Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz after his mother died says Cruz exchanged text messages with their son moments before opening fire.
Lawyer Jim Lewis said Thursday that Cruz asked the son of James and Kimberly Snead which classroom he was in and who his teacher was at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School just before opening fire Feb. 14. The Snead son, a junior, wasn't injured in the Feb. 14 shooting.