Attorneys Ask For Delay In Parkland Shooter Sentencing Trial

Fort Lauderdale (CBS MIAMI) – Defense attorneys for convicted Parkland college shooter Nikolas Cruz are asking a decide to delay his sentencing trial as a result of current mass shootings. 

In its submitting, attorneys cite the May twenty fourth capturing at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas as one of many causes for his or her movement, saying “The devastation resulting from the Uvalde shooting has opened old wounds for the Broward County community and has heightened anxiety for Broward students and parents.  It has also fueled gun control advocates, still reeling from the death of 10 people in a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York on May 14, 2022.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz is proven on the protection desk throughout jury choice within the penalty part of his trial on the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Monday, May 16, 2022. Cruz beforehand pleaded responsible to all 17 counts of premeditated homicide and 17 counts of tried homicide within the 2018 shootings. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel by way of AP, Pool)

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The sentencing trial resumed Monday earlier than Judge Elizabeth Scherer, with the protection staff asking to solely proceed with hardship questions. One of the varsity shooter’s attorneys is in quarantine and is just one of two who has ever tried a loss of life penalty case.

Jury choice is predicted to take a number of extra weeks.

Cruz pleaded responsible to 17 counts of homicide and 17 counts of tried homicide for the mass capturing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018.

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