MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz was back in court Wednesday.

It was for a motion hearing ahead of his sentencing trial.

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Late last month, he pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting back in February of 2018.

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The hearing addressed having a fair sentencing trial and the constitutionality of the death penalty being on the table.

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Jury selection for the sentencing phase is set to begin on January 4th.

CBSMiami.com Team