Latest Parkland verdict: juror ‘threatened’ during deliberation on Nikolas Cruz’s prison sentence.

Parkland shooting: Nikolas Cruz listens as verdict is read in court

A juror at Nikolas Cruz’s sentencing trial reportedly informed a court clerk that she had been threatened by another panel member while deliberating on the Parkland shooter’s fate.

Prosecutors sounded the alarm about the perceived threat in a filing urging Judge Elizabeth Scherer to open an investigation hours after the jury recommended a life sentence for Cruz on Thursday.

“Juror X spoke to a support staff member and informed the support staff member that during deliberations she had received what she perceived as a threat from another juror in the jury room,” the filing obtained by CNN reads.

The development comes as other members of the jury have spoken of their frustration at not being able to convince a single “resister” that Cruz deserved the death penalty.

Foreman Benjamin Thomas tells CBS Miami that a jury had insisted from the start that Cruz should not receive the death penalty because he was mentally ill.

The jury has since claimed in a court filing that it reached its verdict before hearing the evidence.

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The jury that prevented Nikolas Cruz from receiving the death penalty defends itself

A jury that saved Nikolas Cruz from the death penalty has dismissed claims from the jury pool that she “already decided to vote for life before the trial began.”

Graeme Massie has the story.

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“We have the ability … to reduce gun violence”

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime died in the Parkland school shooting, gave a powerful speech following Thursday’s verdict.

Mr Guttenberg said the first thing he would do after conviction was to visit his daughter’s grave before directing all his energies to preventing future tragedies.

“The next thing I’m doing to move forward is everything I can to remind people how important the next election and the vote is.

“Because we have the ability to do things in our country to reduce gun violence through our vote.”

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British mother criticizes Cruz verdict

The British mother of the student killed in the Parkland shooting shared her outrage at the verdict at a press conference shortly after it was announced on Thursday.

Anne Ramsay, whose daughter Helena was among more than a dozen victims of the 2018 Florida massacre, said she felt “abandoned” by the jury in an emotional post-verdict speech.

“Today I believe that justice has not been done,” she said.

Helena, who was born in England but moved to the US as a child, was just 17 when she died trying to protect a friend when Cruz opened fire in her classroom.

that of the independent Zoe Tidman has more:

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Families furious after Nikolas Cruz escaped the death penalty

“What gossip. There were no mitigating circumstances,” Ilan Alhadeff said after a jury recommended a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“He’s not human. He’s an animal.”

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Reverend who lost relatives in mass shooting says death penalty did not suffer

The Rev. Sharon Risher, whose mother and cousins ​​were among the victims of a 2015 mass shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, made a moving statement in the wake of the Parkland verdict.

Rev. Risher said that because of the death penalty sentence in this case, “we are still suffering in ways that could have been avoided” pending appeals.

“Instead of helping us heal, it keeps reopening our wounds.”

She went on to express hope that the families can “move toward healing” in a statement released through the death penalty campaign.

“We can never get our loved ones back, but with no death sentence hanging over us, we can remember our loved ones as they were before the terrible epidemic of gun violence touched their lives.”

Rev. Sharon Risher lost her daughter and cousins ​​in a mass shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in 2015

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Prosecutors seek investigation into allegations that jurors were threatened

A day after Nikolas Cruz was spared the death penalty, we learn more about tensions between the jury during their deliberations.

A juror has claimed in court that another juror threatened her – and prosecutors have asked Judge Elizabeth Scherer to investigate.

“Juror X spoke to a support staff member and informed the support staff member that during deliberations she had received what she perceived as a threat from another juror in the jury room,” the state said in a filing obtained by CNN.

“The state did not recall juror X and instead submitted a notice to the court.”

Read on for more details.

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The jury that prevented Nikolas Cruz from receiving the death penalty defends itself

A jury that saved Nikolas Cruz from the death penalty has dismissed claims from the jury pool that she “already decided to vote for life before the trial began.”

Graeme Massie has the story.

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British mother criticizes Cruz verdict

The British mother of the student killed in the Parkland shooting shared her outrage at the verdict at a press conference shortly after it was announced on Thursday.

Anne Ramsay, whose daughter Helena was among more than a dozen victims of the 2018 Florida massacre, said she felt “abandoned” by the jury in an emotional post-verdict speech.

“Today I believe that justice has not been done,” she said.

Helena, who was born in England but moved to the US as a child, was just 17 when she died trying to protect a friend when Cruz opened fire in her classroom.

that of the independent Zoe Tidman has more:

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Prosecutors are calling for a jury investigation into the ‘threat’

Prosecutors seeking the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz have alleged that one of the jurors felt threatened by another panel member during deliberations.

The state filed a motion shortly after Thursday’s verdict, asking Judge Elizabeth Scherer to force authorities to question the juror, who was not named.

“Juror X spoke to a support staff member and informed the support staff member that during deliberations she had received what she perceived as a threat from another juror in the jury room,” the filing obtained by CNN reads.

The submission does not identify how the judge voted in the final recommended price or any additional circumstances related to the perceived threat.

The deliberative process was put under scrutiny almost immediately after the verdict was announced, as the father of one of the Parkland shooting victims, Ryan Petty, claimed it was only one vote.

Jury foreman Benjamin Thomas later told CBS Miami that there had been a “holdout” juror against the death penalty from the beginning of deliberations. Two others later joined that jury to vote for a life sentence without parole, Mr Thomas said.

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Parkland survivors are calling for the demolition of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

As victims’ families outraged the verdict, survivors of the 2018 massacre took to Twitter to call for the demolition of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which has since stood empty.

Gustaf Kilander has the whole story.

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