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Jury seated in the Parkland shooter’s sentencing trial

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Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz holds his head in court during day two of jury selection in his trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, on four criminal counts stemming from his alleged attack on a Broward jail guard in November 2018. Cruz is accused of punching Sgt. Ray Beltran, wrestling him to the ground and taking his stun gun. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)

The jury in the capital punishment sentencing hearing of the Parkland shooting suspect has been seated.

Jury selection was completed Tuesday after weeks of delays and objections.  The panel consists of seven men and five women who will now decide the life or death of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty to 17 counts of first degree murder in his 2018 massacre of 14 students and three teachers at Marjorie Stoneman High School on Valentines Day 2018.

Jury selection dragged on for nearly three-months in a process that began with a pool 1,800 candidates.  The final panel was chosen from a pool of 53 candidates who survived three rounds of questioning that began April 4.

The jurors professions range from bank executives, tech workers, a probation officer, a human resources professional and a Walmart store stock supervisor.

Also on the panel, a librarian, a medical claims adjuster, a legal assistant and two retired insurance/health executives.

The trial is set to begin next week with Judge Elizabeth Scherer assuring that opening statements would begin July 18.

This sentencing trial will be a first, no American mass shooter who killed at least 17 people has ever made it to trial.