(FILE) Released footage shows an officer standing outside Parkland School when the shooting occurred
Nicholas Cruzthe man was found guilty of shooting dead 17 people and injuring 17 others Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in parkland, FloridaThe criminal trial for his crimes is due on February 14, 2018.
Cruz, a former student at the school, was just 19 when he went on a killing spree in one of the deadliest school massacres in US history.
He then turned himself in to police and pleaded guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.
Cruz was a member of the school’s air rifle team who had been expelled for his disciplinary record. He had arrived at school with a legally purchased one AR-15semi-automatic rifle-style semi-automatic rifle and gunned down 14 students and three staff members. The shooting sparked a nationwide protest movement calling for stricter gun control measures.
While prosecutors are calling for Cruz’s death penalty, his attorneys are hoping for a life sentence.
WARNING – Graphical Content: Video recorded by students that day was played in court with public audio broadcast.
The video shows Nikolas Cruz’s reaction while the audio of the court shooting is played
The court played the audio of Nikolas Cruz’s shooting Monday in the gallery where the victims’ parents were present. The audio was recorded on her cellphone by witness to the shooting, Danielle Gilbert, who was also present in court.
While the parents and others who attended the hearing were unable to see the video, the jury was able to see video of the gunfire being aimed at students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
As the audio played for almost two minutes, many family members were seen bursting into tears and some were also seen running out of the court.
Arpan RaiJuly 19, 2022 4:45 am
What happened during the Parkland massacre?
As the Parkland community prepares for the sentencing trial of Nikolas Cruz, the man who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, The Independent‘s Rachel Sharp examines what led to the massacre and what has happened since.
As the Parkland community prepares for the sentencing trial of Nikolas Cruz, the man who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, Rachel Sharp investigates what led to the massacre and what has happened since
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 19, 2022 04:00
How did Parkland gunman Cruz react during the prosecution’s opening statement?
Law & CrimeAngenette Levy describes Nikolas Cruz’s reactions when prosecutors reported on the horrific events of February 14, 2018.
As the court viewed harrowing video clips taken by survivors of the massacre, Cruz put his head in his hands while sitting next to his attorneys.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 19, 2022 03:00
The hero’s widow speaks about the trauma remembered by Parkland’s victims
Chris Hixon was murdered along with 16 others in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018. Narrated by his widow Debbi Hixon The Independent‘s Rachel Sharp on how she hopes the trial to convict his killer will finally allow her family to grieve.
Chris Hixon was murdered along with 16 others in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018. His widow, Debbi Hixon, tells Rachel Sharp how she hopes the trial of his killer will finally empower her family to grieve
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 19, 2022 02:00
Five passers-by shot dead as Denver police opened fire on a man with a gun
Early Sunday morning, a group of police officers were patrolling a popular downtown Denver nightlife area as bars began to close. One man in the crowd, 21-year-old Jordan Waddy, reportedly pointed a gun at police, prompting officers to draw their own guns and open fire as bar-goers continued to pour into the streets.
Johanna Chisholm has the story.
The suspect whom police shot dead, Jordan Waddy, 21, has been arrested on suspicion of threatening a crime
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 19, 2022 01:00
“It’s very hard to listen”
watch Law & Crime‘s Angenette Levy summarizes prosecutor Michael Satz’s opening statement on day one of the trial sentencing Nikolas Cruz for the Parkland High School massacre.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 19, 2022 00:00
Indiana mall shooting: gunman identified as four dead and two injured
The suspect in Indiana Jonathan Sapirman, 20, has been identified in a shopping mall shootout that killed three and wounded two others.
Sapirman, of Greenwood, was killed after opening fire at Greenwood Park Mall on Sunday night, police said Monday.
The three innocent victims killed in the shooting were also identified as Pedro Pineda, 56; Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37; and Victor Gomez, 30. All three were from Indianapolis.
“His previous incidents include crimes as a juvenile, such as a school fight and a teenage runaway,” the police chief said
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 18, 2022 11:00 p.m
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 18, 2022 10:00 p.m
Dish at break for the day
The next state witness isn’t due in town until tonight, so court begins early this morning.
The jury is excused for the day by Judge Scherer.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 18, 2022 21:32
New witness: Gaton Nieves
Gaston Nieves takes the stand. He is a digital video examiner for the FBI and has been in that capacity for 18 years.
Mr. Nieves’ role is to protect, extract and investigate digital evidence of anything storing such assets.
He also identifies the school’s server and explains that when they took custody of the server, they changed the password to ease access.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 18, 2022 21:27