Parkland school shooter
Potential jurors are scheduled to arrive Monday in a Florida court where they can be chosen to help decide the fate of Nicholas Cruz more than four years after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in US history.
A jury will decide if the Parkland gunman gets the death penalty
More than four years after 17 people were killed and 17 others injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Nicholas Cruz will stand trial on Monday.
The troubled former student has already pleaded guilty to all charges. The jury will decide whether he will receive life imprisonment or the death penalty.
Jury selection, beginning on Monday, is expected to take weeks, but when the arguments begin, the prosecution will take the jurors through events they are likely already familiar with.
Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty in October to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder on the Valentine’s Day 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
which catalyzed a national movement against gun violence, which was largely aided by teenage survivors of the tragedy.
and families of the victims.
What happened on February 14, 2018
It was Valentine’s Day in 2018 when the 19-year-old took an Uber to high school in Parkland, not far from Ft. Lauderdale.
He had been expelled a year earlier and had a history of emotional and behavioral problems. Entering the building through an open door, he began shooting his AR-15 in hallways and in classrooms.
After shooting dozens of people, Cruz left his gun behind and fled as part of the crowd that evacuated the school.
He was arrested shortly thereafter, several blocks away.
14 students and 3 adults were killed and at least 17 students were seriously injured.