Parkland victim's family suing for school shooting suspect's records

Posted at 12:57 PM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-15 12:57:17-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The family of one of the 17 people killed in the Valentine's Day massacre at a Florida high school is suing to obtain mental health records of shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz.

The lawsuit is being filed Friday by the family of 17-year-old Helena Ramsay, a junior when she died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Their lawyers want records about Cruz from Henderson Behavioral Health to help them prepare for a possible malpractice or wrongful death case. The company has also been sued by other victims' families. A Henderson attorney says the company supports release of the records but needs a court order.

A news conference was planned later Friday by the family and attorneys.

Nineteen-year-old Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted of 17 counts of murder.