FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (WSVN) – Prosecutors in the Parkland school shooter’s sentencing trial continued to cross-examine a neuropsychologist about the role his birth mother played in his mental health.
In court on Tuesday, Seattle-area neuropsychologist Paul Connor answered questions from prosecutors a day after testifying that Cruz suffered from birth due to his mother, Brenda Woodard’s, drug and alcohol abuse. for much of her pregnancy.
But prosecutors pursued that testimony, suggesting it should have no bearing on Cruz’s actions.
“Isn’t that true, doctor? Connor, that the best proof of what anyone can do is what they actually do and have done? asked prosecutor Mike Satz.
“If you’re trying to form a forensic opinion about someone’s mental state at the time of an offense, yes,” Connor said.
Citing medical records, Connor said Cruz’s mother’s drug addiction throughout her pregnancy caused Cruz to struggle throughout her life, mentally and socially.
But prosecutors said further tests showed he was just an average person who committed a horrific act of violence.
“Recognition of the visual reproduction of the Wechsler memory scale, the defendant scored within normal limits, which is an average score, and that was also not on your chart, is not it not?” Sats asked.
“Right,” Connor said.
Cruz has already pleaded guilty at trial. On December 14, 2018, a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Jurors in the criminal trial will decide whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.
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