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Closing arguments began on Tuesday in the fines trial of a man who admitted to one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings. Seventeen people were killed and 17 others injured in the February 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
A seven-man, five-female jury must decide whether Nicolas Cruz, now 24, will receive the death penalty or life without parole. He pleaded guilty in 2021.
The jury must be unanimous on at least one count for a murderer admitted to receive the death penalty.
Trials began in July after a delay of months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the months of testimony,The shooter suffered brain damage because his birth mother drank too much alcohol during her pregnancy. He was adopted at birth by a couple who later also adopted his half-brother. Witnesses, including his half-sister, testified to his birth mother’s history of substance abuse and violent behavior.
He suffers from antisocial personality disorder and knew what he was going through. He focused his case on the shooting itself, which included On a largely untouched high school campus to trace his back.
the jury also heard fromAnd from the shooter himself, via video of jailhouse interviews with a forensic psychiatrist and a neuropsychologist. they shared With two experts, including about their preparations and their memories of the massacre.
Debbie Hixon, whose husband, athletic director Chris Hixon, was killed during the mass shooting, told CBS Miami that she is glad the trial is “near the end.”
“The death penalty will bring some justice and send the message that it is intolerable,” he said.
The deliberations are likely to start from Wednesday.