Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting Suspect Appears in Court

iStock/Thinkstock(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- Esteban Santiago, the Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people and wounding six others in a shooting rampage at a crowded Florida airport baggage claim last week, made his first appearance in federal court Monday morning.

Santiago, 26, wore a red jumpsuit with shackles binding his wrists and ankles. He sat expressionless, hunched at the defense table during the proceedings, with U.S. marshals standing behind him.

He answered a series of "yes" or "no" questions and made no statements outside the scope of those questions.

A federal magistrate judge appointed a public defender, Robert Ruby, to represent Santiago, and informed the accused that he could receive the death penalty if convicted.

Santiago did not make a plea in court Monday. Prosecutors asked for pretrial detention, a request that will be heard by a judge Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. That will be followed by a hearing on Jan. 23.

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