Defense in Parkland school shooting trial ends unexpectedly, drawing criticism from judge



Defense abruptly suspends case in Florida trial of Parkland school shooter

Defense attorneys for the gunman who murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018 abruptly closed their case on Wednesday, catching prosecutors by surprise and prompting an angry rebuke from the trial judge. A jury decides to recommend the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, 23, or life in prison without parole, after he pleaded guilty last October to premeditated murder. It was one of the deadliest school shootings in history, killing 14 students and three staff.



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