EXPLAINER: What’s next in the Florida school shooter trial?

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By TERRY SPENCER
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – The jurors who will decide whether Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz is sentenced to death or life without parole are about to begin deliberations.

The seven-man, five-woman panel is expected to start discussions Wednesday.

They will determine whether the 24-year-old Cruz should die for the 2018 murder of 17 people at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

For them to recommend a death sentence, they must unanimously agree.

If one person votes for life, that will be his sentence.

Prosecutors argued that Cruz committed an evil crime where death is the only appropriate punishment.

Cruz’s attorneys argued that his birth mother’s excessive drinking left him with brain damage that put him on the path to murder.

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10/12/2022 7:41:36 AM (GMT -5:00)

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