Nikolas Cruz jury tours scene of Parkland school shooting

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Nikolas Cruz jury tours scene of Parkland school shooting

Jurors in the sentencing trial of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz on Thursday toured the blood-spattered scene of the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Video shows members of the panel, lawyers, law enforcement officials and the judge in the case entering the fenced-off three-story building in Parkland, Florida. Several bullet holes were visible in the windows.

Cruz, then 19, accessed his former school on Feb. 14, 2018, and gunned down 14 students and three staffers with an AR-15 rifle in one of the worst mass shootings in the nation’s history.

Van of jurors.
Jurors arrive in vans at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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Parkland school.
The three-story Parkland high school has been fenced off.
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Classroom.
Several bullet holes were visible in classroom windows.
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Investigators preserved the bloody crime scene for the purposes of court proceedings against Cruz, who waived his right to tour the site of his slaughter Thursday.

Cruz, now 23, has already pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. Jurors will decide if he is sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

The panel of seven men and five women were bused to the scene — roughly 30 miles from the Fort Lauderdale courthouse — under tight security.

They have already been shown videos of Cruz’s rampage, in which he methodically murdered his targets on three separate floors.

Footage of the tour shows Judge Elizabeth Scherer and prosecutor Michael Satz stepping into the building at one point.

The structure, which looms over the still-operational part of the school, serves as a haunting reminder of Cruz’s carnage.

Officials plan to demolish it after receiving approval.

Jurors listened to wrenching testimony this week from the families of Cruz’s victims.

The tearful displays even brought defense attorneys Tamara Curtis and Nawal Najet Bashiman to tears at one point.

Nikolas Cruz is sworn in.
Nikolas Cruz has already pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.
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Jennifer Montalto holds a picture of her daughter, Gina, before giving her victim impact statement.
Jennifer Montalto holds a picture of her daughter, Gina, before giving her victim impact statement.
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Max Schachter, with his son, Ryan, by his side, gives his victim impact statement.
Max Schachter, with his son, Ryan, by his side, gives his victim impact statement.
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