The sentencing trial of Parkland college shooter Nikolas Cruz is being delayed as Hurricane Ian threatens to slam Florida.
Circuit Decide Elizabeth Scherer postponed the trial — which was anticipated to proceed via the remainder of the week — till Monday.
The state started making its rebuttal case on Tuesday and was anticipated to renew its arguments on Wednesday, Thursday and a half-day Friday. Nonetheless the Broward County Courthouse the place Cruz’s trial is underway might be closed no less than on Wednesday and Thursday attributable to “the potential impression of Hurricane Ian,” the county clerk’s web site states.
The state is looking for the loss of life penalty within the case after Cruz pleaded responsible in October to slaughtering 17 victims with an AR-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College on Valentine’s Day in 2018.
His attorneys are preventing for his life to be spared by a jury, citing his troubled upbringing.
In the meantime, the Home choose committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riots on the Capitol additionally postponed its Wednesday listening to over the looming risk of Ian.
“In mild of Hurricane Ian bearing down on components of Florida, we now have determined to postpone tomorrow’s proceedings,” the committee’s chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, and vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, wrote in a joint assertion Tuesday. “We’re praying for the security of all these within the storm’s path.”
The chairs didn’t instantly present a brand new date for the extremely anticipated listening to.
“The Choose Committee’s investigation goes ahead and we’ll quickly announce a date for the postponed proceedings,” they stated.
The listening to is anticipated to be the committee’s final public listening to earlier than it releases a closing report with its findings on the occasions main as much as the Capitol riot.