Attorneys for Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz claimed he has spoken to a Sandy Hook victim’s mother. Regarding the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, Cruz entered a guilty plea. He is currently on trial to find out if he will be executed for his actions. Join our weekday newsletter list to receive original analysis, news, and trends in your inbox. Nikolas Cruz, the gunman who opened fire at a Florida high school in 2018, has spoken to the mother of a Sandy Hook massacre victim, according to his attorneys at the trial to determine whether or not he will be executed for his crimes.
Cruz, 23, entered a plea of guilty in October 2021 to 17 charges of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in connection with the Parkland, Florida, massacre that claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Cruz’s trial is currently in the punishment phase, which will determine whether he will be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of release.
Lead public defender Melissa McNeill claimed that Cruz is a “damaged person” who has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and is mentally ill in her opening remarks to the jury on Monday.
They would learn about how Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was slain in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 27 people dead, including 20 children, “talks with and has video visitations” with him, she added.
In court on Monday, McNeill stated, “You’ll hear through those discussions that together, her and Nik are attempting to find a solution to avoid this from ever happening again.
When contacted by Insider, Lewis released a statement claiming that as part of her “efforts to keep kids safe in schools,” she has spoken with a number of school shooters.
The statement stated, “School shooters aren’t born that way. I want to know how we failed them and what we can do to strengthen our children to make wise decisions and choose love over hatred.”
On August 2, Lewis also gave a defamation testimony in a case involving InfoWars founder and far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Jones’ disproved assertions that the Sandy Hook tragedy that murdered their son was a fake led Lewis and Neil Heslin to file a defamation lawsuit against him.
Jones was required to give Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million in compensatory damages in addition to $45.2 million in punitive damages.
Lewis testified in court that she has committed her life to ensuring the safety of children since the incident.
Lewis said to the jury, “It’s our duty.” “I used to believe that the school was in charge. In reality, it is our duty, and I have made it my life’s work.”