Verdict watch: Fate of former Parkland school resource deputy now in hands of jury
Closing arguments began Monday in the trial of a former Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of failing to confront the shooter who murdered 14 students and three staff members at a Parkland high school five years ago. Now a six-member jury will decide his fate.
WATCH LIVE: Trial continues for former Parkland school resource deputy
The trial continues Tuesday for the former Parkland school resource deputy who is charged with failing to confront school shooter Nikolas Cruz as he killed six people and injured four others on the third floor of the 1200 Building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018.
WATCH LIVE: Day 5 of trial for ex Parkland school deputy accused of taking cover during shooting
The trial continues Tuesday for former Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scot Peterson, who is accused of taking cover instead of entering the building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland where Nikolas Cruz carried out a mass shooting, leaving 17 people dead.
Florida Department of Corrections to have custody of Parkland school shooter for rest of his life
After Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer sentenced the Parkland school shooter to 34 consecutive mandatory life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole and remanded him to the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections, the 24-year-old convicted felon waited in the Broward County main jail.
Parkland sentencing hearing: US Navy flight officer was serving on coast of Iran when she lost her father-in-law
Ines Maria Hixon said the U.S. Navy deployed her on a U.S. Aircraft carrier off the coast of Iran. The day her father-in-law Christopher Hixon died while trying to stop the Parkland school shooter, she said she was flying a military plane and didn’t get to check her e-mail.
Grieving families let Parkland school shooter know they see he is ‘evil’ and criticize his defense
The Parkland school shooter will have to listen to relatives of the victims killed in the 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speak for at least two days in Broward County court in Fort Lauderdale.
Parkland pain: Verdict ‘sucker punched us,’ sent message that ‘you can get away with murder’
With their emotions still raw, Christopher Hixon’s widow and Joaquin Oliver’s father struggled to understand how any juror would decide that life in prison without the possibility of parole was an appropriate punishment for the perpetrator of the 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Parkland school shooter’s case: BSO investigates juror’s report of ‘threat’ during deliberation
The Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday afternoon that there is an investigation at the Broward County courthouse after the Broward State Attorney’s Office provided information about a complaint from a juror in the Parkland school shooter’s penalty phase.
‘What were you thinking?’ Parkland families react to jury’s life in prison recommendation
Families of the 17 people killed in the Parkland school shooting appeared to be sad, angry and shocked by the jury’s recommendation Thursday that confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Life for Parkland school shooter; majority of jurors wanted death, foreman says
Corey Hixon, who lives with Kabuki syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, walked out of the courtroom while Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer was reading the jury’s 17 verdict forms on Thursday in Fort Lauderdale. Corey’s mother Debra Hixon, a Broward County School Board member and the widow of Christopher Hixon, said her son walked out because he just felt the pain that others around him were feeling.
‘Preposterous’: Chief prosecutor baffled jurors can’t see Parkland school shooter’s rifle
Before the jury’s deliberation began Wednesday morning, Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer read instructions to set the parameters of their decision on the punishment that Nikolas Cruz should face for the 17 murders during the 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Prosecutor Michael Satz’s closing arguments in Parkland shooter case could be his big finale
After 43 years as Broward State Attorney, Michael Satz decided to not run for re-election in 2020. Instead, he wanted to focus on trying the case of Parkland school shooter Nickolas Cruz. Could this be Satz's grand finale?
Parkland school shooting verdict: Count 16 in penalty phase is Jaime Guttenberg
Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer announced on Oct. 13 that a divided jury recommended life in prison without the possibility of parole as punishment for the Parkland school shooter on count 16 of first-degree murder.
Parkland school shooting verdict: Count 7 in penalty phase is Nicholas Dworet
Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer announced on Oct. 13 that a divided jury recommended life in prison without the possibility of parole as punishment for the Parkland school shooter on count seven of first-degree murder.
Report: Search warrants on Virginia men tie back to Zachary Cruz’s inheritance
Search warrants served on a Virginia couple and three associates, accused of taking financial advantage of the brother of the Parkland school shooter, tie back to Zachary Cruz’s inheritance as well as an unspecified allegation of sexual assault.
Judge allows prosecution to show Parkland school shooter’s interest in hate speech, child porn, animal abuse
The judge in the Parkland school shooter’s case is allowing the prosecutors who are seeking the death penalty to show the jury evidence of his interest in hate symbols, child porn, and animal abuse.
‘Father of fetal alcohol syndrome’ testifies in defense of Parkland school shooter
The defense team focused on saving the Parkland school shooter’s life called expert witnesses — including the well-known pediatrician who coined the fetal alcohol syndrome term in the 1970s — and the prosecutors who are seeking the death penalty questioned their reliability on Tuesday in Broward County court.
Defense expert witness testifies about Parkland school shooter’s fetal alcohol exposure
The Parkland school shooter’s defense called an expert witness on Monday to testify about research on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or FASD, his assessment of the records on the case, and tests performed at the Broward County main jail during a five-hour visit on May 20, 2021.
Social worker: Parkland school shooter described as ‘menace to society’ in middle school
The jurors who will be deciding the fate of the Parkland school shooter in Broward County court listened to three more defense witnesses on Friday — including a social worker who reported a classmate’s parent described him as a “menace to society” — while his mother said he was a “gentle soul.”
Teacher describes Parkland school shooter as attention-seeking bully; defense seeks to ‘prohibit’ death penalty
A teacher described him as an attention-seeking bully and a principal said teachers feared him. Meanwhile, his defense team sought a mistrial and when that failed started an effort to "prohibit" the state from seeking the death penalty.
Parkland shooter visit summaries detail contacts with brother, Sandy Hook mom
As the penalty phase of the trial of the Parkland school shooter continues, a compendium of summaries of his video visits in jail lend insight on the shooter’s mindset and an unlikely, cordial relationship with the mother of another school shooting victim.
Prosecutors seek to establish mental health disorders were not ‘severe enough’ to explain Parkland school shooting
During cross-examination, Broward County prosecutors confronted the Parkland school shooter’s defense witnesses who testified about his mental health on Wednesday and Thursday in Fort Lauderdale about their violence risk assessment.
Psychiatrist who treated Cruz says he never received school’s warning letter
A Broward County Public Schools psychiatrist and therapist signed a two-page letter dated June 5, 2014, and addressed it to Dr. Brett J. Negin to warn him about one of his 15-year-old patients who would go on to commit mass murder.
Cruz’s threat to stab elementary teacher, aide was not ‘serious aggressive’ behavior, psychiatrist says
The Parkland school shooter’s defense team that is trying to persuade jurors to reject the death penalty as punishment for the 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School called a psychiatrist to testify on Thursday in Broward County court.