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Airport shooting suspect back in court for bail hearing

FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2017, file photo, Esteban Santiago is taken from the Broward County main jail as he was transported to the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Just a few weeks before a gunman opened fire on the Fort Lauderdale airport, he walked into an FBI office in Alaska to tell authorities the government was the control of his spirit, and that he is the terrorist thoughts. The authorities say that such walk-ins are a daily occurrence throughout the country. The assessment of the question of whether the people are reporting a credible threat or they need medical help is extremely difficult and draining already strained law enforcement resources. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

(Associated Press)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. – The man suspected of fatally shooting five people and injuring six others at a Florida airport is due back in federal court.

A hearing is set for Tuesday morning in Fort Lauderdale on the question of whether the 26-year-old Esteban Santiago could be released on bail. The prosecutors have said that they want to Santiago are held in custody until the trial.

Santiago could the death penalty be convicted of the federal airport of force and firearms charges that resulted in the death. He is accused of a Jan. 6 shooting at a Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport baggage claim area.

The FBI says that after Santiago flew from Anchorage, Alaska, to Fort Lauderdale, he took a 9mm gun from a checked gun box, loaded into a bathroom and came out firing.

Santiago is yet to enter a plea.

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