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Accused airport shooter Esteban Santiago pleads not guilty to 22 charges

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The Iraq war veteran charged with killing five people and injuring six others in a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale’s international airport pleaded not guilty to the allegations against him on Monday.

Esteban Santiago, 26, leaned over the wooden lectern in court and appeared to read along as U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer read the entire 17-page indictment aloud to him — including the names of the five people killed in the mass shooting.

Santiago replied “yes” after each of the 22 charges when Seltzer asked if he understood them.

Santiago appeared calm and spoke in the same monotone he has used in all of the prior hearings. He was handcuffed to a chain around his waist, was shackled and wore a red jumpsuit with the words “Max Custody Inmate” in black letters on the back.

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He is charged with five counts of causing death at an international airport, six counts of causing serious bodily injury at an international airport, five counts of causing death during a crime of violence and six counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence.

After the hearing in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Santiago was moved from the Broward County main jail to the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami. Federal inmates are generally detained in the jail or prison closest to where most of their court hearings will be held and Santiago’s case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom who usually holds hearings in Miami.

Santiago, who has a history of mental health problems, surrendered beside the baggage carousels in

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