Jury selection for trial of Parkland shooting suspect set to begin Jan. 27

PARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) - A tentative date for the start of jury selection in the trial of Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been set.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, jury selection is set to begin on Jan. 27, 2020.

The 21-year-old faces the death penalty in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which killed 17 people and injured 17 others.

Cruz’s defense attorneys said he would plead guilty if the death penalty was taken off the table, but prosecutors did not accept that offer.

He faces 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.

Cruz has been in custody for more than a year after confessing to the Valentine’s Day 2018 shooting.

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