Death Penalty Decision Due Today Against Accused FLL Shooter

Federal prosecutors in Florida are on the clock... they have until the end of the day today to decide if they will seek the death penalty against the accused Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooter.

A judge set today as the deadline.

Esteban Santiago has pleaded not guilty to 22 counts... ten of which carry a potential death sentence.

Federal prosecutors rarely seek a death sentence and it is even rarer for jurors to endorse their requests.

Since Congress reinstated the death penalty in 1988, only three prisoners have been executed – in 2001 and 2003.

Santiago, 28, has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and has previously claimed the government was controlling his mind.

He remains behind bars at downtown Miami's Federal Detention Center.

FLL Shooting Suspect Behaving Strangely  - Thumbnail Image

FLL Shooting Suspect Behaving Strangely

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