The suspect within the 2018 mass capturing of 17 folks at Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Parkland , Florida, is happening trial for a separate jail brawl incident earlier than his trial for the mass capturing three years in the past.
Former pupil Nikolas Cruz , 23, allegedly attacked Sgt. Raymond Beltran whereas jailed on prices of killing 14 college students and three employees members of the Parkland highschool, in addition to wounding 17 others. The homicide trial has been delayed by the pandemic, with no clear date set.
“The accused assassin who took our youngsters’s lives is clearly violent and took that out on a guard. He must face the justice system for that,” mentioned Tony Montalto, president of Stand With Parkland, a bunch comprising victims’ households. His 14-year-old daughter, Gina, died within the capturing.
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Cruz faces a potential 15-year sentence if convicted of tried felony battery on a legislation enforcement officer and three lesser prices associated to the combat. His lawyer plans to argue Beltran mistreated Cruz beforehand and provoked the Nov. 13, 2018, brawl.
The combat ensued inside a Broward County jail recreation space and was captured on a soundless safety video. Prosecutors mentioned in a brief assertion that “the jail video and proof within the case converse for themselves,” in accordance to the Related Press.
Attorneys for Cruz wish to eradicate any potential jury candidates who can’t separate their data of the Stoneman Douglas capturing from the query of whether or not Cruz attacked Beltran and if he was provoked.
Cruz’s attorneys have said would plead responsible to 17 murders in trade for a life sentence. Nevertheless, prosecutors have declined the provide and say the case deserves a loss of life sentence.