Goal Of Parkland Shooter’s Lawyers: No Death Penalty

Case now in sentencing phase, after Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty in 2021 to murdering 14 students, three staff members at Florida high school four years ago

  • Defense team presents case this week after prosecution spent three weeks telling jurors how Nikolas Cruz murdered those inside Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
  • Cruz’s lead public defender, expected to give team’s opening statement Monday, having deferred its presentation at start of the trial.
  • Lawyer for Cruz, now 23, expected to begin by laying out client’s troubled life history.
  • Whether Cruz is instead sentenced to life behind bars without parole will be decided by jury of the seven men, five women.
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