The families of the 17 people murdered got their chance to address the shooter in court. They cursed him to hell, wished him a painful death and called him a coward.
An unnamed juror reported a perceived threat from a fellow juror as the panel deliberated mass killer Nikolas Cruz's punishment, the prosecution said.
Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty last year to killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018.
Nikolas Cruz's defense team accused the judge of holding a longstanding animosity towards their lead defense lawyer, who was scolded by the judge last week in court.
The judge went off on Nikolas Cruz's defense team over the abrupt decision, saying it lacked professionalism.
“She was a little afraid of him,” a neighbor testified of Nikolas Cruz's adoptive mother, who called sheriff's deputies to the home at least a dozen times, according to witnesses.
Nikolas Cruz, who pled guilty to carrying out the 2018 mass shooting at a Florida high school, would bite and hit others when he wanted something, a daycare worker said.
Nikolas Cruz's defense team asked the jury Monday to consider his difficult childhood and mental and emotional issues before sentencing him to life or death.
Nikolas Cruz's attorneys on Monday will present why the 23-year-old carried out the attack and make a case for life in prison instead of death.
Family members shared heart-wrenching impact statements on the 17 people killed during the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas shooting in 2018.