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Prosecutors to begin Florida school shooter trial rebuttal

Sep. 25, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz will begin their rebuttal case Tuesday, challenging his attorneys' contention that he murdered 17 people because his birth mother abused alcohol during pregnancy, a condition they say went...

2nd Circuit rejects NRA claims against ex-NY state official

Sep. 22, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals panel on Thursday rejected the National Rifle Association's First Amendment claims against a former New York state official who urged banks and insurance companies to discontinue their association with gun promoting groups after the deadly school shooting in...

Judge in Florida school shooter case refuses to step down

Sep. 19, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The judge overseeing the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz refused to step down Monday, rejecting a motion by his attorneys who accused her of being biased against their client and prejudicing the jurors who will decide if he should die for...

Uvalde children grapple with trauma after school massacre

Sep. 19, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — One girl runs and hides when she sees thin people with long hair similar to the gunman who stormed into her Uvalde school and killed 21 people. One boy stopped making friends and playing with animals. A third child feels her heart race when she's reminded of the May 24...

25 years after Kentucky school shooting, a chance at parole

Sep. 17, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

When 14-year-old Michael Carneal opened fire on his fellow students during a before-school prayer meeting in 1997, school shootings were not yet a part of the national consciousness. The carnage that left three students dead and five more injured at Heath High School, near Paducah, Kentucky, ended...

Defense seeks judge's removal in Florida school shooter case

Sep. 16, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz asked for the judge in his murder case to remove herself on Friday, two days after she scolded them when they abruptly rested their case after calling only a fraction of their expected witnesses. The...

Board: Florida sheriff maybe lied about killing in his teens

Sep. 14, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A major Florida sheriff who was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis after a high school massacre appears to have lied when he didn't disclose in his job application that he fatally shot another teenager when he was 14 and that he had used LSD, the state ethics commission...

Defense suddenly rests case in Florida school shooter trial

Sep. 14, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz suddenly and surprisingly rested their case Wednesday after calling only a fraction of their expected witnesses, leading to a shouting match after the judge accused them of a lack of professionalism. ...

Expert: School shooter's mother drank heavily in pregnancy

Sep. 13, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — One of the nation’s leading fetal alcohol researchers testified Tuesday that Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s birth mother drank more during her pregnancy than any woman he’s ever seen documented. Dr. Kenneth Jones said medical and other...

Psychologist: School shooter suffered fetal alcohol damage

Sep. 12, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz began building their argument Monday that his birth mother's alcohol abuse left him with severe behavioral problems that eventually led to his 2018 murder of 17 people at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...