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Jury Selection for Parkland Shooter Gets Testy

Defense team asks to withdraw from case, then asks same of judge; both motions were denied

(Newser) - Two months after jury selection began in the trial to determine whether Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz will face the death penalty or life in prison, various disputes and a hospitalization prevented the court from moving past the first phase of questioning. Defense attorney Casey Secor was revealed to be...

Potential Juror Appears to Threaten School Shooter

Cops say they surrounded Nikolas Cruz to prevent possible brawl

(Newser) - Deputies protecting Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz had to pull him aside and surround him Tuesday after a member of a jury pool mouthed possible threats toward him and caused others to become "excited," leading them to fear a potential brawl, officials said. A 70-member pool of potential...

It's the Deadliest US Mass Shooting to Go to Trial

Jury selection begins in Parkland case to determine whether Nikolas Cruz will be executed

(Newser) - Jury selection in the deadliest US mass shooting ever to go to trial begins Monday, with the panel chosen to determine whether Nikolas Cruz will be put to death for murdering 17 students and staff members at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Court officials say 1,500 candidates or...

FBI Didn't Act on Tip About Parkland Shooter. Now Feds Are Paying Millions

$127.5M settlement reached in Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting

(Newser) - Federal officials confirmed Wednesday that the US Department of Justice has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the families of most of those killed or wounded in a 2018 Florida high school massacre over the FBI's failure to stop the gunman even though it had received information he intended to...

Government Settles Suit With Parkland Families
Parkland Families Settle
Suit Over FBI Inaction

Parkland Families Settle Suit Over FBI Inaction

Case concerned FBI's inaction after receiving a tip about the killer's plans

(Newser) - Update: This story has been updated with new information from the Wall Street Journal. The families of most of those killed and wounded in the 2018 Florida high school massacre announced Monday they have settled their lawsuit against the federal government over the FBI's failure to stop the gunman...

Nikolas Cruz's Lawyer in Court: Burgundy Isn't Maroon

Team trying to bar prosecutors from showing evidence in January death penalty phase of trial

(Newser) - Attorneys for Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz told a judge Monday that detectives made false statements to get the search warrants allowing them to seize evidence from his cellphone and bedroom—arguing at one point that burgundy and maroon are not the same color. The attorneys want Circuit Judge...

Nikolas Cruz Admits Anxiety as He Pleads Guilty to Massacre

Parkland shooter admits to 17 counts of murder, 17 of attempted murder

(Newser) - Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday in the 2018 high school massacre in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead. Cruz, 23, entered his plea after answering a long list of questions from Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer aimed at confirming his mental competency. Local 10 reports he did tell...

Dual Guilty Pleas in Play for Parkland Suspect

Nikolas Cruz admits to assaulting jail guard, will enter plea Wednesday for 2018 school massacre

(Newser) - The suspect accused of carrying out the 2018 mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that killed 14 students and three staff members and injured 17 others will be entering a guilty plea in that case next week, his lawyer announced Friday. CNN reports that Broward County Circuit Judge...

Nikolas Cruz Loses His Colored Pencils

Attorneys sparred over whether he should have them

(Newser) - Nikolas Cruz is on trial for allegedly attacking a jail guard in November 2018, with jury selection having started Tuesday—and an unusual dispute between attorneys having bubbled up Wednesday. While Cruz was described as alert and focused on Tuesday, Local 10 reports he "appeared distressed" the next day...

Parkland Defendant's Lawyer: Don't Call Him a Killer

Lawyer for Nikolas Cruz wants to ban 'inflammatory' language in court

(Newser) - Nikolas Cruz’s defense team wants prosecutors to be careful with language. Cruz, whose long-delayed trial could finally go forward this month, is accused of killing 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Feb. 14, 2018. His lead attorney, assistant public defender Melisa McNeill, asked that he...

Couple Will 'Forever Regret' Taking in Nikolas Cruz

'We were particularly wrong to allow him to store his firearms in our house'

(Newser) - A Florida couple regrets ever taking in a disturbed teenager in the months before he allegedly carried out the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In a letter that is part of a legal agreement to settle numerous civil lawsuits, James and Kimberly Snead said they should have...

Public Defender Asks to Drop School Shooting Suspect

Nikolas Cruz is set to inherit $432K

(Newser) - The public defenders for the Parkland school massacre suspect unexpectedly asked to withdraw from the case Wednesday, saying the 20-year-old man will soon inherit nearly a half-million dollars and no longer qualify for free legal representation. The Broward County Public Defender's Office filed the unexpected notice late Wednesday, saying...

Accused Shooter Cruz Asked a Revealing Question Online

'How can I pretend to be a psychopath and get diagnosed as one?'

(Newser) - Accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz insists he heard the voice of a demon before his rampage. But a new 425-page police report suggests cops think he's putting on an act, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel . The report notes that a month before the mass killing, Cruz went...

Parkland Shooting Suspect Allegedly Attacks Jail Guard

Nikolas Cruz hit with more charges

(Newser) - The man suspected of killing 17 people at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February allegedly attacked a guard in jail Tuesday night. It started when Nikolas Cruz, 20, was asked by a sergeant to stop dragging his sandals while walking around a dayroom, WSVN reports; Cruz...

Nikolas Cruz Punches Himself in Face Repeatedly in Video

And mimics shooting himself

(Newser) - A demon voice told him to "burn, kill, destroy," or so claims Nikolas Cruz in an interrogation video in which Cruz is said to have confessed to fatally shooting 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In the heavily redacted video released Wednesday, Cruz...

Nikolas Cruz Bought Guns to Battle 'Demons' in His Head

A newly released transcript shows what alleged Parkland shooter told officers

(Newser) - A newly released transcript shows Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz told detectives he bought the gun used in the Parkland attack a year or two earlier because he was afraid of demons and voices in his head. Prosecutors released a redacted transcript of Cruz's post-shooting statement Monday afternoon....

Parkland Monitors Who Didn't Call for 'Code Red' Reassigned

The coaches are facing withering criticism of their actions on the day of the shooting

(Newser) - Two coaches who served as unarmed security monitors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Fla., have been reassigned after controversial reports of their behavior on the day of the shooting, reports USA Today . Baseball coach Andrew Medina told investigators that before the Feb. 14 shooting that took 17...

'You're All Going to Die,' Cruz Laughs in Chilling Video

He discusses shooting plan, motives in 3 videos out Wednesday

(Newser) - "Hello. My name is Nik and I'm going to be the next school shooter of 2018." So begins one of three short cellphone videos recorded by Nikolas Cruz at some point before he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb....

Cops: Ga. Sniper Thought Parkland Shooter Was a 'Hero'

Gunman Rex Harbour reportedly died from self-inflicted gunshot wound; 3 injured in shooting spree

(Newser) - Just before noon on Friday, the first of several 911 calls came in about cars being hit by gunfire along Georgia's Highway 365. By the time the chaos ended, seven cars had been shot, three people were injured, and the 26-year-old sniper suspect was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot...

Parkland Shooter's Brother Arrested Again

Zachary Cruz was driving without a license near a Florida school: cops

(Newser) - The brother of confessed Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz is back in jail a month after he received six months of probation for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested Tuesday after a sheriff's deputy found him driving about 25 feet from a parking lot...

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