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Parkland shooter jail brawl trial delayed due to illness

Nikolas Cruz
FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2018 file photo, Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz listens during a status check on his case at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said at a hearing Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, that she won’t delay Cruz’s trial, expected to start Jan. 27 with jury selection. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

A judge has postponed the trial for Nikolas Cruz’s jail house brawl due to Cruz’s primary public defender becoming ill.

The trial was originally set to take place on Monday October 4th, however,  David Wheeler came down with an undisclosed illness and has been hospitalized since last week.

Broward County Judge Elizabeth Scherer has rescheduled the testimony for October 18th but jury selection is scheduled for Tuesday.

Scherer told officials that the delay is to allow Broward County Public Defender Gordon Weekes time to assign another attorney to assist Cruz’ other attorney Jaclyn Broudy with the battery case.

Cruz is facing charges for attacking Broward Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Raymond Beltran on November of 2018.

A trial date for the Parkland massacre that left 14 dead and several others injured has not been set.