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The jury that will decide if convicted school shooter Nikolas Cruz will receive the death penalty for a 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in rkland, Florida has been selected.
The jury, consisting of seven men and five women, was announced Tuesday, concluding a nearly three-month selection process that included more than 1,800 potential candidates.
The potential juror field was repeatedly narrowed as prosecutors and defense attorneys questioned them on general hardships and their views on the death penalty.
The lengthy process, which started on April 4, was extended due to the severity of the case as well as health and illness-related delays.
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The final jurors were selected from a group of 53 remaining candidates and eight of the 10 alternates were also finalized when Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer adjourned the court on Tuesday.
The jury will officially be finalized Wednesday when the remaining alternates are chosen.
On Wednesday, the defense and the prosecution are also expected to express peremptory challenges, which could alter the final jury.
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Cruz, now 23, pleaded guilty in October to the murders of 14 students and three staff members at rkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018.
The jury will determine if Cruz should receive a death sentence or life in prison without the possibility of role.
Jurors must unanimously agree to sentence Cruz to death. Any defection – even a single vote – would override a death sentence, resulting in him serving life in prison.
The jurors on the main nel consist of two banking executives and two technology workers, a probation officer, a human resource professional, a Walmart store stock supervisor, a librarian, a medical claims adjuster, a legal assistant, a customs officer, and a retired. insurance executive.
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At least five jurors are gun owners.
Judge Scherer previously ruled the jurors will be allowed to tour the high school where the shooting took place.
Opening statements are scheduled for July 18, where jurors are expected to be presented with graphic evidence, including crime scene photos and victims’ autopsies.