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Judge flabbergasted by woman's 'sugar daddy' excuse to get out of jury duty for Parkland shooting trial

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People will concoct outlandish excuses to get out of jury duty. One potential juror in the Parkland shooting trial had a unique reason why she couldn't fulfill her civic duty. The possible juror said she couldn't serve jury duty because she had prior obligations with her "sugar daddy."

Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty in October to 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

On Monday, the three-step jury selection began, and is expected to last two months, according to the New York Post.

During jury selection, the judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida asked if anyone had any concerns or questions. One potential juror's response left Judge Elizabeth Scherer flabbergasted.

The prospective juror, who was identified as "Miss Bristol," had issues with serving jury duty in the Parkland shooting trial because it interfered with several family birthdays and engagements with her sugar daddy, who she sees "every day" despite being married.

“This is a whole entire month,” the woman tells the judge. “First of all let me clarify myself, July 2nd is my birthday, 4th is my son, and the 18th is my other son. That ain't gonna work out for me."

Scherer asks Miss Bristol to talk slower.

“Don’t talk too fast, we have to be able to understand," Judge Scherer requests before asking, "So you said that the July, there’s dates in July that you’re not available? What are those dates?”

Miss Bristol clarifies, "July 7th, July 4th, and July 18th."

"And again, I need to figure out something. I have my sugar daddy that I see every day,” Bristol says, according to courtroom video.

A befuddled Judge Scherer quizzically inquires, "I’m sorry?"

Bristol reiterates, “My sugar daddy."

Scherer, who is still befuddled, responds, “OK, I’m not exactly sure what you’re talking about."

The potential juror explains, "I’m married, and I have my sugar daddy. I see him every day."

The flummoxed Judge Scherer replies, "OK. All right. Ma’am, we’ll come back to you, OK? Thank you."

Fox News reported that more than 120 of the first 160 possible juror candidates were dismissed by Judge Scherer, including Miss Bristol. A total of 12 jurors and eight alternatives will be selected.

The jury will not decide whether Cruz committed the murders, but will decide whether or not he will be sentenced to life in prison or be given the death penalty.

On Monday, Judge Scherer permitted the jury to take a tour of the crime scene at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The defense had argued that a tour was not necessary because there are videos and photos of the crime scene.

"The Court finds that a jury view of the crime scene remains useful and proper, even in light of the current posture of the case," Scherer wrote in a ruling. "The purpose of a jury view is to assist the jury in analyzing and applying the evidence presented at trial."

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