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Jury selection begins for man facing death for Florida mass school shooting

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Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz sits at the defense table during his appearance at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. October 20, 2021. Amy Beth Bennett/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

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Jury selection began on Monday in the penalty phase of the trial of the man who killed 17 students and staff at a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day in 2020, one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S history.

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Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty in November to the premeditated murder of 14 students and three members of the staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about 30 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. A jury will now determine whether the judge should sentence him to life in prison or the death penalty.

Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, who is presiding over the proceedings, said on Monday that jury selection should take until about May 31, according to local media. The penalty phase could last several months, legal experts have said.

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Cruz was a 19-year-old expelled student with a history of mental health and behavioral issues at the time of the killings, prosecutors said last year.

Under Florida law, a jury must be unanimous in its decision to recommend that a judge sentence Cruz to be executed. If any of the 12 jurors objects, Cruz will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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Among the mitigating factors the defense will ask the jury to consider are Cruz’s brain damage from his mother’s drug and alcohol abuse during pregnancy, his long history of mental-health disorders, and allegations he was sexually abused and bullied.

Some of the teenagers who survived Cruz’s deadly rampage formed “March for Our Lives,” an organization that called for gun control legislation such as a ban on assault-style rifles.

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In March 2020, the group held a nationally televised march in Washington that sparked hundreds of similar rallies worldwide. Cruz was 18 when he legally purchased from a licensed gun dealer the AR-15-style rifle used in the shooting.

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VeekiRoyce Set To Splash Thousands On Fans To Celebrate Her New Single “Oba”

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VeekiRoyce Set To Splash Thousands On Fans To Celebrate Her New Single

Veekiroyce, Nigeria gospel artiste currently trending with her hit single “On God”  has finally revealed her intentions to help few fans in what she tagged #Obagiveawaychallenge.

 

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Veekiroyce who suddenly got into lime light in December last year with “On God” has taken to her Instagram handle to reveal her plans on celebrating her new single “OBA” .

 

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VeekiRoyce Set To Splash Thousands On Fans To Celebrate Her New Single

 

With this move, veekiroyce is set to become amongst the few gospel artiste to run an online give away in recent time.

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Police destroy over 4000 wraps of illicit drugs worth N10m in Lagos

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Police destroy over 4000 wraps of illicit drugs worth N10m in Lagos

Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday May 17, destroyed over 4000 wraps of illicit drugs worth N10 million at Ewu-Elepe Dump Site, Ikorodu.

 

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The drugs were intercepted by RRS officials on patrol of Mile 2 around 4:00 am on 3rd of April, 2022.

 

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Present at the site of the destruction were the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, DCP Ahmed Kontangora, Commander RRS, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi, and  representatives of the NDLEA, NAFDAC, KAI, LSNC, etc.

 

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Police destroy over 4000 wraps of illicit drugs worth N10m in Lagos

Police destroy over 4000 wraps of illicit drugs worth N10m in Lagos Police destroy over 4000 wraps of illicit drugs worth N10m in Lagos Police destroy over 4000 wraps of illicit drugs worth N10m in Lagos

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Homeless ex-convict arrested for shooting father of five to death in park

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Homeless ex-convict arrested for shooting father of five to death in park

A homeless ex-convict has been arrested for shooting a 62-year-old father of five to death in a Bronx park, New York five months ago.

 

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Ricardo Ferguson, 36, is charged with murder, manslaughter and gun possession for the December 5 shooting of Robert Brown, 62 (pictured above)

Ferguson and another man got into an argument with the victim inside Aqueduct Walk Park, and then allegedly shot him in the head, police said on Tuesday, May 5.

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Before he was shot Brown was sitting on a park bench just steps from home.

After he was shot First emergency responders found him face down on the ground, he was rushed to hospital but it was too late as he couldn’t be saved

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Brown’s family said they couldn’t understand why anyone would kill the  father of five who was well liked by everyone in the community.

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“My brother was loving and giving,” said his sister, Tina Brown, 48. “He would help anyone. He was just catching some air in the park. This is unbelievable.”

Police revealed that Ferguson had about eight previous arrests and he was released from prison in Sept. 2020 after serving time for gun possession.

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