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He sleeps fitfully, eats inconsistently and spends most of his time in silence and "deep thought," according to jail records released this week by the Broward Sheriff's Office.

The records offer a glimpse into the daily life of Cruz, who was indicted Wednesday on 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.

"Inmate is on lockdown by himself ... unable to interact with others," according to one "behavior observation report" dated Feb. 18, four days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. On that day, Cruz ate his dinner and appeared most alert during a meeting with defense lawyers and a doctor. The report described him as "very engaged, responsive ... talkative."

During another visit, on Feb. 23, he "was observed smiling and giggling."

Those words rarely appear in the 36 pages of observations. More often, Cruz, 19, is described as silent or sleeping, lying awake and staring at the ceiling, cooperative with detention deputies but otherwise speaking only when spoken to.

Several sentences are blacked out of the reports released by the Sheriff's Office. Assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes has said Cruz is on suicide watch.


One observation report released indicated Cruz was having trouble sleeping. "Twists and turns in bunk. Does not sleep. Stares at wall in deep thought, eyes closed, appears to be resting not asleep," the report states. Earlier that day, Cruz asked for something to read for the first time -- a Bible.

An arraignment date had not been set for Cruz as of Wednesday.

--South Florida Sun Sentinel

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