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Nikolas Cruz Keeps Head Down In Court After Murdering 17 People In Florida Shooting

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Feb. 19 2018, Updated 8:21 p.m. ET

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Nikolas Cruz appeared in court on Monday following his senseless attack on a Florida high school last week – leaving 17 dead and the rest of country in mourning. The 19-year-old was seen with his head held down for the duration of the hearing. Click through the Radaronline.com gallery to find out the latest on the horrific case.

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Cruz appeared in court in shackles with visibly no emotion while Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Schere decided to reject the motion to keep documents sealed from the public.

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The defense argued to keep certain information private. “We have a right to have access to our client and to collect any information that we need from him that may be relevant to our defense,” Defense Attorney Melissa McNeil said.

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While the judge agreed to the defense's argument, she explained that she did not “believe there is any legal authority that supports sealing” the documents.

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“The state has a right to have notice and to be present," Judge Scherer added. “I don’t see anything in the law that justifies having an in camera, closed door ex-parte hearing.”

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Early Monday morning, the defense also attempted to keep Cruz away from any future hearings until they reached a "material stage" in the case. But Judge Scherer denied that motion as well and Cruz appeared in court.

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Cruz attacked Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on Valentine's Day, leaving 17 dead. Several students remain in the hospital in critical condition.

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