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Trial begins for man accused of harassing Parkland victims' families

Posted: 8:11 AM, Oct 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-02 08:11:28-04
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has testified he thought he was being stalked by a California man accused of using Instagram to harass the families of students killed in a mass shooting at a South Florida high school.

The Sun Sentinel reports Max Schachter took the witness stand Tuesday, the first day of trial of Brandon Fleury of Santa Ana, California.

Fleury faces three counts of cyberstalking and one of transmitting a kidnap threat in Broward County, Florida.

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Schachter's son was one of 17 people killed last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Schachter testified he thought Fleury was planning to come after him.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agree Fleury sent 301 messages to victims' family members in December and January.

The report says defense filings suggest Fleury suffers from a mental defect or condition that could affect his case.