Sentencing of the Parkland killer | Day 7

Here are highlights from Day 7 of the sentencing trial of confessed Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz, 23; a jury will decide whether he will be executed or sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He pleaded guilty in October to 17 counts of first degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the February 14, 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

  • Jury selection begins again: Judge Elizabeth Scherer reset the jury selection process, starting from scratch on Monday, cutting two weeks of work and telling more than 200 jurors their services will no longer be needed – unless she changes her mind. The defense has until Wednesday to present its arguments in favor of maintaining the previously selected jurors.

  • Trade in horses, so to speak: A potential juror explained that she couldn’t serve because she couldn’t miss work. “I manage and maintain a stable [with] 20 to 25 horsepower,” she says. “Do you want to trade jobs? the judge joked.

  • Other planes: One woman told the court she could not serve because she planned to go on not one but seven cruises. “I’ve heard some people actually inhabit on cruise ships,” Scherer said. Another potential juror said she was a teacher and didn’t want to give up on her summer. She also expressed fear that the trial could drag on into the next school year.

  • quote of the day“We think you’re creating more mistakes. You’ll end up doing it again,” lead defense attorney Melisa McNeill told the judge, suggesting the case would be overturned by an appeals court.

  • Look forward: The first stages of jury selection continue on Tuesday, although the defense said it would not accept any jurors selected earlier this week.

Head to SunSentinel.com/parkland-shooting for full coverage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy and continuing coverage of the sentencing trial.

Sun Sentinel staff writer Rafael Olmeda contributed to this report.

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