Brenda Woodard (left) gave up Nikolas Cruz for adoption shortly after giving birth. A career criminal, Woodard never again met Cruz, who would grow up to commit a deadly school shooting in Parkland. Now, Cruz’s defense attorneys may use his genetics to try and spare him the death penalty.
Brenda Woodard (left) gave up Nikolas Cruz for adoption shortly after giving birth. A career criminal, Woodard never again met Cruz, who would grow up to commit a deadly school shooting in Parkland. Now, Cruz’s defense attorneys may use his genetics to try and spare him the death penalty.
Brenda Woodard (left) gave up Nikolas Cruz for adoption shortly after giving birth. A career criminal, Woodard never again met Cruz, who would grow up to commit a deadly school shooting in Parkland. Now, Cruz’s defense attorneys may use his genetics to try and spare him the death penalty.

Nikolas Cruz’s birth mom had a violent, criminal past. Could it help keep him off Death Row?

September 05, 2018 07:00 AM