Miami, Florida (KINY) The US Attorneys office for the Southern District of Florida said progress has been made in preparing an airport shooting case for trial.
An Alaska man, Esteban Santiago, 27, of Anchorage, has been declared mentally competent to stand trial on charges he killed five people and wounded six others at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on January 6. Santiago is due to appear in court today for a status hearing.
Santiago is being treated for schizophrenia according to his attorneys. He pled not guilty to 22 different charges in an indictment handed down this spring. The Justice Department is yet to announce whether they will seek the death penalty in the case.
The FBI claims Santiago told agents he acted under government mind control and later claimed to have been inspired by the Islamic State extremist group. Authorities state no link to terrorism has been found in the case.