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Parkland shooter’s penalty trial pushed back to April

Nikolas Cruz
FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2018 file photo, Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz listens during a status check on his case at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said at a hearing Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, that she won’t delay Cruz’s trial, expected to start Jan. 27 with jury selection. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

The penalty phase of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz’s legal saga was rescheduled by a Broward County judge Wednesday morning.

Prosecuting attorneys asked Judge Elizabeth Scherer for time to review evidence  now being provided by Cruz’s lawyers which they say will argue against him getting the death penalty.

Jury selection had been slated for February 21st but is now scheduled to take place in the first week of April.

Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder after he entered Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February of 2018 with a rifle and began shooting students and staffers.

A death sentence in Florida requires a unanimous decision by all 12 jurors.