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Parkland School Shooter's Attorneys Won't Seek Mistrial – For Now

Jury selection in the case began Monday

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Defense attorneys for the Parkland school shooter said Wednesday that they would not currently seek a mistrial after the judge overseeing the case dismissed 11 potential jurors on Tuesday without giving each side a chance to question them.

Attorneys for Nikolas Cruz said they also would not move to start over with jury selection, which prosecutors said they wouldn't be opposed to if defense attorneys had sought to.

Cruz's attorneys said Judge Elizabeth Scherer said she will bring back the 11 dismissed jurors the week of April 25.

Prosecutors wanted the defense to waive the issue for appeal purposes, but it could still be raised after the expected return of the potential jurors.

Scherer dismissed the 11 potential jurors after they said they couldn't follow the law in the case.

Jury selection in the case began Monday. The eventual panel of 12 will be deciding whether Cruz will receive the death penalty or life in prison in the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead.

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