Broward County Sheriff's Office (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) - Esteban Santiago, the Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people and injuring six others at an airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, entered a not guilty plea to all 22 charges against him at a federal court appearance Monday morning.
But now, Santiago pleads 'not guilty.' He'll face an eventual trial, potentially with a death penalty.
The January 6 shooting rampage at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport also wounded six people.
At Monday's arraignment, Santiago will formally hear the charges against him.
"Mr Esteban Santiago Ruiz pleads not guilty", his lawyer Eric Cohen told the federal judge, Barry Seltzer.
Santiago was formally charged last Thursday with 11 counts of performing an act of violence against a person at an worldwide airport, six counts of using a firearm in a crime of violence, and five counts of using a firearm to cause the death of a person.
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The six people who were injured by gunfire, including Amzibel's husband, Edward, Timmons' husband, Steve, and Oehme's wife, Kari, are identified only by their initials in the indictment.
Prosecutors have said they have not yet ruled out terrorism as a possible motive but they filed no terrorism-related charges against Santiago.
According to authorities, Santiago boarded a flight from Anchorage to Minneapolis before continuing on to Fort Lauderdale.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that, after the shooting, Santiago told the agency the government was controlling his mind, that he was hearing voices, and that he participated in Jihadi chat rooms online.
He's also known to have walked into an Anchorage, AK FBI office on November 6 and told agents he was hearing voices, and thought he was being controlled by the Central Intelligence Agency.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ricardo Del Toro and Lawrence LaVecchio.