Mass Shooter Stopped Because He “Couldn’t Find Anyone Else to Kill”
(NewsSpace.com) – On February 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and murdered 17 people in cold blood. After pleading guilty to the homicides plus another 17 counts of attempted murder, the confessed killer is now in the sentencing phase to determine if he lives or dies.
On October 3, a panel of 12 jurors heard footage of Cruz in his own words describing why he stopped shooting that day. He told forensic psychiatrist Dr. Charles Scott there was simply no one left to kill. The disturbing footage was part of Scott’s testimony stating how the defendant suffers from several mental disorders. In a revealing moment, he told the doctor why he chose the anniversary of the St. Valentines Day Massacre.
Cruz’s defense team says he suffers from fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which affected his decision-making. Dr. Scott countered the claim by noting the murders weren’t spur-of-the-moment but meticulously planned for months and maybe even years.
Another psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Denney, testified that after speaking to Cruz, he believes the young man, now 24, knew what he was doing. The doctor said he planned it for years, then played mind games with psychiatrists to make himself seem impaired. The jury will decide whether Cruz will spend his life behind bars or, if they agree unanimously, go to death row.
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