Jury selection for Parkland school shooter criminal case fails after potential juror wears T-shirt in support of victims – New York Daily News

The jury selection in the death penalty case against school shooter Nikolas Cruz in Parkland was caught Monday when a potential juror’s T-shirt honoring the victims caused her entire group of 10 to be fired.

Cruz has already pleaded guilty to killing 17 people and injuring 17 others on Valentine’s Day 2018 in the deadliest high school shooting in the US. He also apologized to the families in the October court appearance.

He is now undergoing criminal proceedings to determine whether he will receive the death penalty or life imprisonment. He was 19 at the time.

The female potential juror, a 58-year-old high school teacher, was brought in separately from the other group over her claim that a medical condition would prevent her from sitting for long periods, The Associated Press reported.

She told Cruz’s lead attorney, Melisa McNeill, that she had not spoken to the other judges, but that they had all seen her shirt. After she left the room, the defense and prosecution agreed that the T-shirt could become a problem if Cruz receives a death sentence and appeals.

The burgundy T-shirt was emblazoned with “Teacher Strong,” “#NeverAgain” and #MSDStrong,” according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“She did that, of course, to get out of jury duty,” Judge Elizabeth Scherer said, according to the AP. “It was irresponsible.”

Deputies guarding the courtroom were ordered to forbid anyone else in similar clothing from entering the jury room, the Sentinel reported.

There are three phases of the jury selection, which began seven weeks ago, and this is the second phase, which vets 400 of the 1,900 originally questioned about availability.

With News Wire Services

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