Peterson, 56, is charged with seven felony counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence and perjury in the shooting that left 17 dead. If convicted, he faces a potential maximum prison sentence of nearly 100 years.
The charges stem from Peterson’s decision to remain outside the school — where he was the assigned resource officer — while police say Nikolas Cruz, 20, fired 140 rounds from an AR-15 rifle.
Ryan Petty, the father of slain student Alaina Petty, said in a statement earlier this week, “Today marks another step in the search for accountability. … Peterson failed in his duty to protect lives that day, standing behind a cement pillar for 48 minutes while students and teachers were slaughtered.”
Fred Guttenberg, another father of a victim, tweeted earlier this week: “I have no comment except to say rot in hell Scott Petersen. You could have saved some of the 17. You could have saved my daughter. You did not and then you lied about it and you deserve the misery coming your way.”
Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted of the killings. His attorneys have said he would plead guilty in return for a life sentence.
Scherer is also the presiding judge in the Cruz case, which is expected to go to trial early next year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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