The particular wants son of an athletics director who was shot useless on the Parkland college bloodbath has given a heartbreaking testimony – telling jurors how he misses his dad.
Corey Hixon’s beloved father Christopher, who labored as a athletics director, was killed by Nikolas Cruz throughout the lethal taking pictures at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on February 14, 2018.
The state’s prosecution group is now set to introduced proof to hunt the demise penalty for Parkland college shooter Cruz after he slaughtered 14 kids and three adults.
While on the stand on the sentencing trial, Corey was requested by the prosecutor if there was something he needed to say about his useless father.
Nervously, he responded ‘yeah’ earlier than his mom Debra Hixon and easily stating: ‘I miss him.’
Corey Hixon informed the sentencing trial ‘I miss him’ when talking about his murdered father Christopher, who was shot useless by Cruz within the Parkland bloodbath
The man, who has a developmental incapacity, was comforted by his mom, window Debra Hixon
Christopher Hixon, 49, was a US Navy veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and was one of many 17 folks shot useless at the highschool. An image of Christopher is held up by his grieving spouse Debra
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz (heart) stands with members of his protection group throughout the penalty part of Cruz’s trial on the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale
The man, who has a developmental incapacity known as Kabuki Syndrome, then leaned to his mom and sobbed – earlier than telling jurors about his favourite reminiscence together with his father.
He stated: ‘Every Saturday we went to Dunkin’ Donuts and went again.’
Attorneys within the courtroom have been seen dabbing their tearful eyes, whereas Cruz saved his head in his arms and appeared down when Corey spoke – as he has for a lot of the trial.
Christopher Hixon, 49, was a US Navy veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and was one of many 17 folks shot useless at the highschool.
He was attained navy police officer and was fatally shot whereas operating in direction of Cruz.
His widowed spouse Debra additionally informed the trial that his demise prompted a void within the household’s lives which may by no means be stuffed.
She stated: ‘His loss has left us damaged. We have a void in our lives that may by no means be stuffed. He was a unprecedented man residing an unusual life.’
Cruz, 23, pleaded responsible in October to 17 counts of first-degree homicide; the trial is simply to find out if he’s sentenced to demise or life with out parole.
Nikolas Cruz tells the decide he can see and listen to a witness who’s giving his sufferer influence assertion through video hyperlink throughout the sentencing trial
Widow Debra informed the trial that her husband’s demise prompted a void within the household’s lives which may by no means be stuffed
Earlier throughout the trial, the jury have been proven graphic photographs of victims and blood-soaked Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
In most states, this proof of photographs and video is simply displayed at trial, and most killers both die throughout or instantly after their assaults. They by no means make it to courtroom.
This has made the penalty trial of Florida college shooter Nikolas Cruz for his 2018 homicide of 17 folks uncommon.
In an especially uncommon go to to the sealed-off crime scene, jurors within the sentencing trial of Cruz toured the nonetheless blood-spattered rooms of a three-story constructing at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Thursday.
The constructing has been sealed off for the reason that taking pictures, and the sight was deeply unsettling: Large swimming pools of dried blood nonetheless stained classroom flooring.
Windows in classroom doorways are shot out, with shards of glass littering the ground. Rotted Valentine’s Day flowers, deflated balloons and different presents are strewn about. Only the our bodies and private belongings akin to backpacks have been eliminated.
Court deputies exit vans that transported jurors to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. This throughout the penalty part within the trial of confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz who beforehand plead responsible to all 17 counts of premeditated homicide and 17 counts of tried homicide
An indication studying ‘1240 west dealing with window’ and 5 bullet holes may be seen in a 3rd flooring window of the constructing, which has remained sealed for the reason that bloodbath on February 14, 2018
A lock of darkish hair rested on the ground the place one of many victims’ our bodies as soon as lay. A single black rubber shoe was in a hallway. Browned rose petals have been strewn throughout a hallway the place six folks died.
And nonetheless hanging on the wall of a second-floor hallway was a quote from James Dean: ‘Dream as if you happen to´ll stay ceaselessly, stay as if you happen to´ll die as we speak.’
The go to to the homicide scene capped off the arguments from the prosecution, which rested its case on Thursday afternoon after 12 days of emotional testimony, which moved even the killer’s personal legal professional to tears earlier this week.
The seven-man, five-woman jury and 10 alternates have been bused beneath heavy safety 30 miles from the Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale to the suburban college, the place lessons do not resume till later this month.
Cruz waived his proper to go along with them. Journalists have been being escorted into the location after the jury left, for the primary public look. They have been allowed to hold paper and pen however no cameras.
Prosecutors, who’re winding up their case, hope the go to will assist show that the previous Stoneman Douglas scholar’s actions have been chilly, calculated, heinous and merciless; created a fantastic danger of demise to many individuals and ‘interfered with a authorities perform’ – all aggravating components beneath Florida’s capital punishment regulation.