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Trial for Parkland School Shooter Won’t Happen In 2020 — Delayed By Pandemic

Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer
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Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer holds a Zoom hearing in the Nikolas Cruz murder case Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

The trial of confessed gunman in the 2018 Parkland shooting will be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz won’t be going to trial this year, even on the off chance that courts reopen for felony jury trials.

Lawyers for the gunman who shot and killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018 told Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer that there’s no way they can be ready in time to start picking a jury within the next four months.

Scherer, who has continually expressed a desire to bring the case in front of a jury, held out a glimmer of hope in even raising the question during a scheduling hearing Tuesday morning, “assuming we have juries back.”

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