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The ongoing sentencing trial of Nikolas Cruz, the 23-year-old Florida man who in 2018 murdered fourteen students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, will test whether the seven men and five women on the jury hearing his case can hate the sin but muster the courage to spare the life of the sinner. That is exactly what his defense team is asking them to do as they sit in judgment of the person who perpetrated one of this country’s most brutal mass murders. Like many death penalty defense lawyers before them, Cruz’s lawyers, to their credit, have not downplayed the gravity of the horrors their client inflicted in Parkland, Florida. Instead, during the sentencing trial, or what the journalist Dahlia Lithwick once called a “trial of the heart,” they have focused their attention on who Cruz is and the factors that shaped his life. As the Supreme Court said more than fifty years ago, in capital cases those who impose the sentence must consider “

Mother, lover sentenced to death in Upper Egypt over killing children

Nagaa Hammadi Criminal Court, Upper Egypt on Saturday sentenced a housewife and her lover to death by hanging – after receiving the permission of the Grand Mufti – on charges of killing her 3 children and attempted murder of her husband.

The crime dates back to July 2021, when the Qena Security Directorate received a report that Raafat Galal, 35, had been poisoned, and his children, Amira, 8, Amir, 7, and Adam, 9, had died of food poisoning. 

Investigations revealed that there was a suspected criminal act behind the death of the 3 children and the poisoning of their father after they drank canned juice.

Upon examination, it was found that the mother of the children, 26, was behind the incident in participation with her lover, a driver, 28.

Investigations found that there had been a relationship between the mother and the driver for 3 years, and they decided to get rid of the husband and the children so that they would be free.

On the day of the incident, the lover took advantage of the parents’ visit to a pediatric clinic to have a medical checkup for one of the kids.

The mother told her lover with the date, so he bought four cans of juice, and put a toxic substance inside them.

The defendant took advantage of the husband’s exit from the clinic, and gave the mother the juice, then she gave it to her children and her husband after he returned to them again inside the clinic.

The children and the husband suffered from food poisoning. The 3 children died while the husband lost consciousness and was transferred to the intensive care unit at a nearby hospital.

The defendants were arrested and presented to the Public Prosecution, which investigated them, then referred them to the Criminal Court, which sentenced them to death after obtaining the permission of the Grand Mufti.

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Source: egyptindependent.com, Staff, September 20, 2022

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