Testimony: Parkland school shooter drew swastikas, sought child porn – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors within the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz started their rebuttal of the protection case Tuesday by exhibiting the jury swastikas he drew on a gun journal and his boots, his on-line racism and misogyny and his on-line searches for child pornography.

Prosecutors are attempting to point out that Cruz’s homicide of 17 individuals at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 4 years in the past was pushed by delinquent persona dysfunction — generally generally known as being a sociopath — and never fetal alcohol spectrum dysfunction because the protection contends. Cruz, 24, pleaded responsible final October to the Feb. 14, 2018, murders — the trial is simply to determine whether or not he’s sentenced to dying or life with out the potential of parole.

Prosecutors mentioned their psychological well being consultants will testify Cruz’s use of such grossly racist and sexist language is a symptom of delinquent persona dysfunction. Five of Cruz’s 12 jurors are ladies and 7 determine as racial minorities. For Cruz to get a dying sentence, a unanimous vote is required.

Broward County sheriff’s investigators testified Tuesday morning that two swastikas had been drawn on the journal discovered contained in the AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle he used within the bloodbath. The Nazi image was additionally drawn on one in all his boots.

Detective Nick Masters, a web based investigator, then testified about racist and sexist searches and feedback Cruz made beginning about eight months earlier than the shootings. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer solely allowed prosecutors to current a fraction of the searches and feedback Cruz made, saying extra can be excessively prejudicial. There isn’t any rivalry that Cruz particularly focused women or minorities. Six of his victims had been women and 4 had been racial minorities.

Jurors had been advised Cruz looked for the right way to purchase a Nazi flag, for data on Adolf Hitler’s birthday and the right way to get a swastika tattoo. He wrote “the Nazi party will rise again.” He made searches and feedback utilizing a racial slur directed in opposition to Black individuals. He wrote that he punched his widowed mom and referred to as her a slur used in opposition to ladies. He wrote that “women are less important than a dog.”

Masters confirmed a number of graphic searches Cruz made for child pornography. He additionally made feedback extolling animal abuse, saying he had killed 12 cats and wrote, “I am glad when animals die. It makes me happy.”

During cross-examination, Cruz legal professional Nawal Bashimam requested Masters about different searches Cruz made corresponding to the right way to get a girlfriend, the right way to take care of loneliness, the right way to discover psychological well being therapy and “How do I help myself with these bad feelings?” Masters mentioned he had seen a few of these.

During their case, Cruz’s attorneys tried to point out how his late start mom’s alcohol abuse throughout being pregnant put Cruz onto a lifelong path of erratic, weird and sometimes violent conduct that culminated within the shootings. They additionally tried to point out that his adoptive mom, Lynda Cruz, grew to become overwhelmed after her husband died when Cruz was 5. She died lower than three months earlier than the shootings.

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