FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The start of testimony in the penalty phase trial of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz has been delayed again.
On Monday, Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer moved the start of testimony from May 31st to June 13th. The move came after both prosecutors and defense attorneys said they needed more time to depose expert witnesses.READ MORE: Miami PD Needs Help Locating 68-Year-Old Gwendolyn Spencer
The process to select a jury resumes next Monday.
Hundreds of potential jurors will be screened over the next few weeks as the pool is pared down to 12 plus eight alternates in a three-step process.READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Bill That Bans 'Picketing And Protesting' Outside A Person's Home
To be selected, candidates must say they can judge Cruz fairly and vote for the death penalty if the evidence requires it. Under Florida law, all 12 jurors have to unanimously agree before the defendant is sentenced to death.
Cruz confessed to killing 17 people when he opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14th, 2018.MORE NEWS: Commissioners Approve $2 Million Insurance Settlement In Surfside Condo Collapse
He pleaded guilty to the murders last October.