Nikolas Cruz Trail’s Recent Updates on Death Penalty
The hitman Nikolas Cruz who killed 14 students and 3 adults at Parkland High School, Florida in 2018 “patient, shrewd, dexterous and pernicious” in carrying out his attack, solicitor Michael Satz said Monday in a Broward County courtroom.
Three days before the incident, Nikolas Cruz looked into his cellphone camera and declared, “Hello, my name is Nik. I’m going to be the next school shooter of 2018,” according to Satz.
The start of the penalty phase of Cruz’s criminal trial came months after he admitted guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. Solicitors have asked a panel of 12 jurors on Cruz to death, while his defense attorney has asked for a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The trial, which is likely to last months, will dig in deeply into Cruz’s personal life and will feature accounts from victims’ families and those who witnessed the massacre.
Nikolas Cruz was wicked, brutal, or vicious in Parkland High School
Satz aforementioned, Monday there were 7 antagonize factors in the killing weighing in favor of the death penalty, including that the attack disrupted a government function (i.e. school) and that the killings were “especially wicked, brutal or vicious.”
Three witnesses who were in school on the day of the shooting were a witness to what happened on Valentine’s Day 2018 when Nikolas Cruz used a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 persons and injure 17 more individuals at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Their testimony was accentuated by audio of a 911 call from a teacher and disturbing cellphone videos taken inside the school that caused emotional reactions in the courtroom.
In court, Nikolas Cruz sat silently during the lawsuits, wearing large glasses, a black face mask, a collared shirt, and a woolen sweater. At times, he put his head in his hands and looked down or put his head down on folded arms.