By the numbers: The Parkland school shooter’s death penalty trial

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As the death penalty trial of the Parkland school shooter wraps up, with both sides presenting closing arguments Tuesday, Local 10 News is taking a look at some of the important numbers in the case.

  • 17: The number of people murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14, 2018, and the number of counts Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to in 2021.
  • 22: The number of jurors and alternates sworn in on June 29 for the penalty phase of the trial—the 12 person jury features seven men and five women, plus 10 alternates.
  • 27: The number of days of trial testimony, spanning July 18 through Oct. 6.
  • 6: The number of months of trial, starting with jury selection on April 4.
  • 100: The state called nearly this many witnesses during its 12-day case-in-chief, making its opening statements on July 18.
  • 26: The number of witnesses called by the defense in its 11-day case, after making its opening statements on Aug. 22.
  • 7: The number of witnesses the state called in its four-day rebuttal, which began on Sept. 27.
  • 24: The current age of Nikolas Cruz.
  • 19: The age of Nikolas Cruz during the shooting.
  • 18: The age Nikolas Cruz legally bought the AR-15-style rifle used in the shooting in 2017. In the wake of the shooting, Florida lawmakers raised the purchase age for firearms to 21.

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About the Authors:

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."

Chris Gothner joined the Local 10 News team in 2022 as a Digital Journalist.