Latest Parkland, Florida, school shooting News

School shooter's attorneys drop contentious brain exam

Aug. 17, 2022 14:26 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz reversed course Wednesday and said they will not present at his ongoing penalty trial results of a highly contentious brain exam they had said supports their contention the mass murderer suffers from fetal alcohol...

School shooter's brain exams to be subject of court hearing

Aug. 14, 2022 09:54 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A defense mental health expert in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz can pinpoint when he realized the 23-year-old mass murderer still has “irrational thoughts” — the two were making small talk when Cruz began describing plans for an...

Parkland shooter's prosecutor had bloody facts on his side

Aug. 07, 2022 08:44 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The prosecutor seeking to sentence Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz to death let the facts speak for themselves as he presented his case: terrifying witness accounts; heartrending statements from parents and spouses; chilling surveillance videos; gruesome autopsy...

Dried blood and roses: Jury gets rare look at Parkland scene

Aug. 04, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Roses brought to honor love on that Valentine's Day in 2018 lay withered, their dried and cracked petals scattered across classroom floors still smeared with the blood of victims gunned down by a former student more than four years ago. Bullet holes...

Grieving father erupts at Parkland school shooter's trial

Aug. 02, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A grieving father erupted in anger Tuesday as he told jurors about the daughter Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered along with 16 others four years ago, his voice rising as he recounted her "infectious laugh that I can only get to watch now on TikTok...

At school shooter's trial, families recall lives lost

Aug. 02, 2022 04:23 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Family members from three of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz's 17 victims gave heartrending testimony Monday about how their 2018 deaths at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have affected their lives, detailing lost loves, lost moments and even...

Parkland trial a rare, curtailed look at mass shooting gore

Jul. 31, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Few Americans outside law enforcement and government ever see the most graphic videos or photos from the nation's worst mass shootings — in most states, such evidence is only displayed at trial and most such killers die during or immediately after their attacks....

Jurors see Florida school shooter's violent internet posts

Jul. 27, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jurors in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz saw evidence Wednesday of his growing obsession to commit a massacre, seeing internet posts and searches about mass killings in the months before he murdered 17 people at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman...

Florida school shooter's AR-15 rifle shown to his jurors

Jul. 25, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jurors in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz got their first view Monday of the AR-15-style rifle he used to murder 17 students and staff members four years ago at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, staring intently as it was...

Parkland mass shooting jurors shown graphic victims' photos

Jul. 22, 2022 19:59 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday showed jurors photos of the horrific damage the bullets fired by Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz's AR-15 rifle did to some of his 17 victims, causing extensive wounds to their heads, bodies and limbs. The jury also saw gruesome...