Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz avoids the death penalty

FIGHTING TEARS WHILE ADVOCACY TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE. SEVERAL TIMES IN SOUTH FLORIDA TODAY. TONIGHT FAMILIES GOING TO BED AND THIS CAN AND DISCUSS. THE GUNMAN WAS SPARED FROM EXECUTION AND CAN SERVE AN UNCONDITIONAL LIFE SENTENCE FREE. I AM TODD MCDERMOTT. FELICIA: I AM FELICIA RODRIGUEZ. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. THE DELIBERATIONS LAST APPROXIMATELY SEVEN HOURS OVER TWO DAYS. HORRIBLE EVIDENCE OF AMERICA’S DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING TO EVER REACH A JURY. ONE BY ONE THE NAMES OF THE 14 STUDENTS AND THREE STAFF WERE READ ALOUD BY THE JUDGE IN THE ORDER THEY WERE SHOT. TODD: THE JURY AGREED THE MURDER WAS HINEOUS, ATROCIOUS AND COOL ENOUGH TO WARRANT A DEATH SENTENCE. BUT AT LEAST ONE JURE THOUGHT THESE FACTORS DID NOT EVALUATE WHAT THE DEFENSE PRESENTS, AND THEREFORE, THEY RECOMMEND PRISON LIFE. WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE TONIGHT. WE START WITH ARI HAIT. OUTRAGE OF THE FAMILIES OF PERSONS MURDERED. ARI: OUTRAGE, THAT’S SURE. THE MOTHER OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS SIGNED TODAY THAT 1703 DAYS ARE SINCE THE CUT AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL. THESE FAMILIES WAIT FOR JUSTICE FOR 1703 DAYS. AND EVERYONE OF THEM HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT JUSTICE IS NOT WHAT THEY GOT. THE VICTIMS’ FAMILIES MADE IT VERY CLEAR THEY WANTED AND EXPECTED THE PARKLAND SHOOTER TO GET THE DEATH PENALTY, NOT LIFE IN JAIL. >> THIS IS JUST A PARODY OF JUSTICE. IT’S JUST CRISSANT. >> TODAY’S REGULATION WAS ANOTHER PUNCH. >> WE HAVE COME HERE TO SEEK JUSTICE. WE HOPE FOR JUSTICE. AND UNFORTUNATELY, WE DIDN’T GET IT TODAY. ARI: AFTER SITTING IN SILENCE IN COURT FOR MONTHS DURING THE TRIAL, LISTENING TO VERY SPECIFIC DETAILS OF HOW THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS, THE SPOUSES WERE KILLED, THEY LET OUT THEIR ANGER AND FRUSTRATION ON THURSDAY. >> THEY SUFFER, AND THIS RESULT MAKES THEM SUFFER EVEN MORE. >> NO EXCUSE FOR LETTING THIS GARBAGE BREATHE. >> IT’S A MONSTER. HE DOES NOT DESERVE, AS SHE SAID, GRACE AND MERCY. >> THIS JURY FAILED OUR FAMILIES TODAY. ARI: AND MANY OF THESE FAMILIES BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY WAYWARDS. >> YOU ARE CREATING A PRECEDENT TODAY. YOU SET A PRECEDENT FOR THE NEXT MASS KILL NOTHING HAPPENS TO YOU. YOU WILL GET LIFE IN PRISON. I’M SORRY, THIS IS NOT OK. >> RIGHT NOW, IT SEEMS HIS LIFE IS MORE VALUABLE THAN CHRISTOPHER’S, AND THAT IS NOT TRUE. >> IF THIS WAS NOT THE MOST PERFECT CASE OF THE DEATH PENALTY, THEN WHY DO WE HAVE THE DEATH PENALTY? ARI: MANY FAMILY MEMBERS ASKED THE SAME QUESTION, AND MANY EXPRESSED HOPE THAT LIFE IN JAIL WILL MEAN JUST A DIFFERENT KIND OF DEATH SENTENCE. >> I HOPE AND PRAY THAT HE RECEIVES THE KIND OF MERCY FROM THE PRISONERS THAT HE SHOWED TO MY DAUGHTER AND THE OTHER 16. >> I PRAY THAT THIS ANIMAL SUFFERS EVERY DAY OF ITS LIFE IN JAIL, AND THAT IT MUST HAVE A SHORT LIFE. >> I WAIT AND WELCOME THE DAY WHEN I RECEIVED THIS CALL TELL ME THAT THIS MURDERER HAS BEEN MURDERED IN PRISON. THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY HAPPY DAY IN MY LIFE. ARI: MANY OF THESE FAMILIES NOW SPEND THEIR TIME WORKING TO MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER. THEY ALL SAID TODAY THIS VERDICT JUST MAKES YOU WANT TO WORK MORE, TO MAKE SURE THERE IS NO MORE SHOOTING IN THE SCHOOL, TO MAKE SURE NO OTHER FAMILIES HAVE

Jury recommends life in prison for Parkland school shooter

Jurors recommended life in prison for Parkland School shooter Nikolas Cruz on Thursday after the final vote for the death penalty was not unanimous. The final sentencing by the judge will take place on November 1. Jurors were told that in order to vote for death, the aggravating circumstances of the prosecution for that victim must, in their opinion, “outweigh” the mitigating circumstances of the defence. account tied to each victim, and individual jurors’ verdicts, family members became emotional in the courtroom. Video below: Cruz is recommended for life in prisonCruz, 24, pleaded guilty last year to the murders of 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14, 2018. It is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States. before a jury. Jurors began deliberating on Wednesday whether Cruz would be sentenced to death or life without parole. To read the full deliberation instructions, click here. Video below: Judge Elizabeth Scherer reads some of the jury instructions. he will be sentenced to life without parole – Scherer cannot overturn the jury’s decision. After his conviction, the Florida Department of Corrections will assign him to a maximum security prison where he would be part of the general population. McNeill, in his closing argument, alluded to what could be an extremely dangerous place for someone like Cruz. What happened at the trial? Lead prosecutor Mike Satz kept his case simple. It released security footage from the shooting and showed gruesome crime scenes and autopsy photos. Teachers and students testified that they watched others die. He led the jury into the fenced building, which remains bloodstained and riddled with bullet holes. Parents and spouses made tearful and angry statements. inflicted but focused on their belief that his birth mother’s heavy drinking during pregnancy left him with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Their experts said his bizarre, disturbing and sometimes violent behavior from the age of 2 was misdiagnosed as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, meaning he never received the appropriate treatment. It left her widowed adoptive mother upset, they said. Context of the trialMoments of the trial

Jurors recommended life in prison for Parkland School shooter Nikolas Cruz on Thursday after the final vote for the death penalty was not unanimous.

The final sentencing by the judge will take place on November 1.

The jurors were told that in order to vote for death, the aggravating circumstances of the prosecution for that victim must, in their view, “outweigh” the mitigating circumstances of the defence.

As the judge read every count related to every victimand individual juror verdicts, family members became emotional in the courtroom.

Video below: Cruz is recommended for life in prison

Cruz, 24 years old, pleaded guilty last year to the murders of 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14, 2018.

It is the deadliest American mass shooting before a jury.

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Jurors began deliberating on Wednesday whether Cruz would be sentenced to death or life without parole.

To read the full deliberation instructions, click here.

Video below: Judge Elizabeth Scherer reads some of the jury instructions

What has happened since the jury handed down a life sentence?

Since the jury could not unanimously agree that Cruz should be executed for at least one victim, he will be sentenced to life without parole – Scherer cannot overturn the jury’s decision.

After his conviction, the Florida Department of Corrections will assign him to a maximum security prison where he would be part of the general population. McNeill, in his closing argument, alluded to what could be an extremely dangerous place for someone like Cruz.

What happened at the trial?

Senior prosecutor Mike Satz was kept on its simple case. He watched safety videos of the shooting and showed gruesome crime scenes and autopsy photos. Teachers and students witnessed seeing others die. He led the jury into the fenced building, which remains bloodstained and riddled with bullet holes. Parents and spouses gave tears and angry statements.

Video below: Families offer emotional statements at Cruz’s sentencing trial

Closing Arguments were Tuesday in the case of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Video below: closing arguments

Cruz’s lead attorney, Melisa McNeill, and her team never questioned the horror he inflicted, but focused on their belief that his biological mother’s heavy drinking during pregnancy left him with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Their experts said his bizarre, disturbing and sometimes violent behavior from the age of 2 was misdiagnosed as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, meaning he never received the appropriate treatment. It left her widowed adoptive mother upset, they said.


Trial background


Moments of the trial

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