Daily uk news Nikolas Cruz is 'irrational' and believes he will one day be FREED from prison despite looming death sentence, mental health expert says: Parkland school shooter says he now wants to dedicate his life to HELPING people PremierLeague-News.Co
PremierLeague-News.Com - Nikolas Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty in October to 17 counts of first-degree murder. In conversations with a mental health expert he has spoken of how he would live his life when released from prison.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, believes he may one day be released from jail and live a life where he can help people with mental health problems.In reality, 23-year-old Cruz will never be free and there is no doubt that he will be spending the rest of his life either behind bars without parole or be sentenced to death. Cruz pled guilty to murdering 14 students and three staff members at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018. Surveillance video shows him mowing down his victims with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle and he confessed, eventually pleading guilty last October. But Cruz's defense team have hired a mental health expert they hope may be able to point to how he still has 'irrational thoughts'. Nikolas Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty in October to 17 counts of first-degree murder. he is pictured earlier this month as he is led from the Florida courtroom Cruz, pictured, was said to be 'gun obsessed'. He was armed with at least one AR-15 rifle and had 'multiple magazines' when he stormed the schoolDuring one conversation with the expert, Cruz spoke of plans for a life outside of prison where he would help people with mental health problems.Wesley Center, a Texas counselor, said that the discussion with Cruz happened last year at the Broward County jail as he fitted his scalp with probes for a scan to map his brain. 'He had some sort of epiphany while he was in (jail) that would focus his thoughts on being able to help people,' transcripts show Center told prosecutors during a pretrial interview this year. 'His life's purpose was to be helping others.' The defense at hearings this week will try to convince Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer that Center and other experts should be allowed to testify at Cruz's ongoing trial about what their tests showed, something the prosecution wants barred.Prosecutors have already made their argument for death to the seven-man, five-woman jury and 10 alternates over three weeks, resting their case August 4 after the panel toured the still-bloodstained, bullet-pocked classroom building where the massacre happened. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Joe Biden still has NOT been briefed on the raid of Trump's... ANOTHER migrant bus arrives in NYC from Texas with 89 people... Share this article Share Cruz is seen inside the school in an image released during the investigation. The building's interior has been left nearly intact since the shooting: Bloodstains still smear the floor, and doors and walls are riddled with bullet holes Surveillance video shows Cruz inside the school in 2018. Jurors retraced the path Cruz followed on February 14, 2018, as he methodically moved from floor to floor, firing down hallways and into classrooms as he went People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after the shooting Medical personnel tend to a victim outside of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018The jurors also watched graphic surveillance videos; saw gruesome crime scene and autopsy photos; received emotional testimony from teachers and students who witnessed others die; and heard from tearful and angry parents, spouses and other family members about the victims and how their loved one's death impacted their lives. They watched video of the former Stoneman Douglas student calmly ordering an Icee minutes after the shooting and, nine months later, attacking a jail guard.Soon, it will be Cruz's attorneys arguing why he should be spared, hoping to convince at least one juror their mitigating factors outweigh the prosecution's aggravating circumstances - a death sentence must be unanimous.But first, the trial took last week off to accommodate some jurors' requests to deal with personal matters.
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.Center's test and its findings will be subject to contentious debate. Called a 'quantitative electroencephalogram' or 'qEEG,' its backers say it provides useful support to such diagnoses as fetal alcohol syndrome, which Cruz's attorneys contend created his lifelong mental and emotional problems. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz (center) stands with members of his defense team during the penalty phase of Cruz's trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort LauderdaleEEGs have been common in medicine for a century, measuring brainwaves to help doctors diagnose epilepsy and other brain ailments. But the qEEG analysis, which has been around since the 1970s, goes a step farther - a patient's EEG results are compared to a database of brainwaves taken from normal or 'neurotypical' people. While qEEG findings cannot be used to make a diagnosis, they can support findings based on the patient's history, examination, behavior and other tests, supporters contend.An 'qEEG can confirm what you already know, but you can't create new knowledge,' Center told prosecutors in his interview.Dr. Charles Epstein, an Emory University neurology professor, reviewed Center's findings for the prosecution. In a written statement to Scherer, he said EEGs using only external scalp probes like the one given Cruz are imprecise, making Center's qEEG results worthless.'Garbage in, garbage out,' he wrote.Florida judges have given mixed rulings about allowing qEEGs since 2010, when the test helped a Miami-area man escape a death sentence for fatally stabbing his wife and severely wounding her mentally disabled 11-year-old daughter. During one conversation with a mental health expert, Cruz said he would help people with mental health problems once he was released from prisonSome judges have since allowed their admission, while others barred them. Scherer, who is overseeing her first death penalty trial, has never had a case where the defense tried to present a qEEG report.Even if Scherer bars the test, lead defense attorney Melisa McNeill and her team still have evidence that Cruz's brain likely suffered damage in the womb, including statements by his late birth mother that she abused alcohol and cocaine during pregnancy.They also have reports giving circumstantial evidence of his mental illness. Cruz got kicked out of preschool for hurting other children. During his years in public school, he spent significant time at a center for students with emotional issues. He also received years of mental health treatment.Then there are his life circumstances. Cruz's adoptive father died in front of him when he was 5; he was bullied by his younger brother and his brother's friends; he was allegedly abused sexually by a 'trusted peer;' he cut himself and abused animals; and his adoptive mother died less than four months before the shooting.His youth will also be an issue - he was 19 when the shooting happened.Attorneys not involved in the case say if Scherer wants to avoid having a possible death sentence overturned on appeal, she should give the defense wide latitude on what it presents so jurors can fully assess his life and mental health.'If it's a close call, I think she is going to bend to the defense - and the prosecution is not going to be happy,' said David S. Weinstein, a Miami criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor. Cruz has already pleaded guilty to the killings with the jury left to decide his fate
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