Airport shooting suspect due for court appearance

Published 10:00 am Monday, January 9, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Iraq war veteran accused of fatally shooting five people and wounding six at a crowded Florida airport baggage claim is due for his first court appearance.

Esteban Santiago is scheduled to be in Fort Lauderdale federal court this morning. The 26-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska, faces airport violence and firearms charges that could mean the death penalty if he’s convicted.

The initial hearing today is likely to focus on ensuring Santiago has a lawyer and setting future dates. Santiago has been held without bail since his arrest after Friday’s shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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The FBI has said Santiago flew on a one-way ticket from Alaska to Florida with a handgun in his checked bag. Agents said he retrieved the gun and emerged from an airport bathroom firing.