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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...

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...

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...

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...

Testimony: School shooter's home ruled by chaos

Sep. 12, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Chaos reigned in the home where Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz grew up, testimony in his ongoing penalty trial has shown. He and his half-brother Zachary tormented their adoptive, widowed mother, Lynda. By the time Cruz reached middle school in the...

Judge: Jury can see swastikas school shooter drew in class

Sep. 01, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — In a failed attempt to bar the admission into evidence several swastikas Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz drew on assignments, his attorneys made an unusual argument Thursday at his penalty trial: he was an equal opportunity killer who shot his victims without...

Neighbor: School shooter killed toads after 1 poisoned dog

Aug. 31, 2022 18:27 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — When one of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz ’s dogs died after eating a poisonous toad, he began a rampage against the amphibians, a former neighbor testified Wednesday, adding that Cruz’s temper was so volatile he never should have been allowed to own a gun...

Testimony: School shooter made threats years earlier

Aug. 30, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — During his middle school years, Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz frequently cursed at teachers and made threats, and his drawings of gunshot victims were so disturbing that one teacher kept them for years, turning them over to authorities immediately after he...