Death penalty trial of Parkland high school shooter begins

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Opening arguments have begun in the penalty phase of the trial of Nikolas Cruz, the man who killed 17 people at a Florida high school in 2018 – one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history.
About 50 family members of the victims were in the courtroom on Monday, sitting together in a roped-off section. Some parents wept as prosecutor Mike Satz described in his opening statement how Cruz killed their children. Others sat stoically, their arms crossed over their chests. One woman who lost her daughter fled the courtroom, sobbing and holding tissue to her face.
The trial, which is expected to last about four months, was supposed to begin in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic and legal fights delayed it. A jury will now determine whether Cruz should be sentenced to life in prison or receive the death penalty.

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