Parkland school shooter’s death penalty trial: Detective reads ominous comments, searches

Digital evidence shows Nikolas Cruz’s obsession with massacres, killing women, rifles (Warning: expletives)

A detective read lists of Nikolas Cruz's writing and searches online before the 2018 Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. (Copyright 2022 by WPLG - All rights reserved.)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Broward County prosecution team that is seeking the death penalty for the Parkland school shooter called Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective Nicholas Masters on July 27 to testify in court about the digital evidence his team uncovered.

Masters, a member of the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, read about 20 pages of comments and searches that detectives believe Cruz wrote after receiving data from Google. The document contains expletives and language about violence.

Watch video of Masters testimony (45 minutes)

Read the record on the data

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Witness testimony in the death penalty case of Nikolas Cruz continued to unravel what happened before and after the Parkland school shooting.

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Christina returned to Local 10 in 2019 as a reporter after covering Hurricane Dorian for the station. She is an Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist and previously earned an Emmy Award while at WPLG for her investigative consumer protection segment "Call Christina."

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.