Parkland shooting trial: prosecution rests after jury visited school building

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Prosecutors gave rest on Thursday in the criminal trial of School shooter in Florida Nikolas Cruz after jurors paid a morning visit to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building, where 17 people were massacred nearly four years ago.

The three-story structure has been closed since February 14, 2018, when Cruz opened fire, killing 14 students and three staff members.

The panel of seven men and five women, along with 10 deputies, were placed 30 miles from the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale to the school in Parkland.

Judge Elizabeth Scherer, Cruz’s attorneys, prosecutors, jurors and police escorts visited the preserved crime scene for approximately 90 minutes. Cruz, 23, waived his right to accompany them.

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A photo combination of Nikolas Cruz and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14, 2018.
(The Bharat Express News)

The group retraced Cruz’s footsteps as he moved from floor to floor, spraying bullets in hallways and classrooms. The walls and floors are still smeared with blood and windows have been blown out by gunfire.

Dried-out Valentine’s Day flowers and presents were still in the classrooms. The structure, known as the Freshman Building, casts a shadow over the school grounds – a constant reminder of the horrific tragedy that took place there.

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The Broward County school district plans to demolish the abandoned building as soon as prosecutors give them the green light.

Jury visits in Florida are extremely rare.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman Nikolas Cruz tucks in his sweater during a criminal trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 26, 2022.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman Nikolas Cruz tucks in his sweater during a criminal trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 26, 2022.
(Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via TBEN, Pool)

Cruz pleaded guilty to 17 first-degree murders in October. The criminal trial will only determine whether he is sentenced to death or life without parole.

After the jurors returned to the courthouse, they learned of Anne Ramsay, the mother of Helena Ramsay, 17, who was murdered during her Holocaust history lesson. Helena died trying to protect her boyfriend from the attack of bullets.

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Her mother said she was a fast sprinter and played the clarinet. Helena was murdered on her father’s birthday.

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More parents and relatives of murdered victims made statements before the prosecution rested. The judge excused the jury until August 22, when the trial resumes as scheduled.

The The Bharat Express News contributed to this report.