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Parkland school shooter goes on trial, could face death | USA TODAY


Jurors will decide if Nikolas Cruz will be executed for the killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018.

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Four years after a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 people, a jury and judge will decide if Nikolas Cruz should be put to death. The jury selection process begins Monday in the sentencing trial for Cruz, who faces the death penalty after pleading guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder in October.

After hearing the arguments for each side, jurors must vote unanimously for death for Cruz to be executed. According to Florida law, if even one juror votes otherwise, the convicted individual will receive a mandatory life sentence. Florida is one of 28 states – including Texas, Louisiana and Georgia – that still have a death penalty, according to the national nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center. Three of those states – California, Oregon and Pennsylvania – have governor-imposed moratoriums, meaning no executions are going on.

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