According to court documents, the Parkland, Florida school shooter has been observed laughing while in his solitary cell.
The shooter, who was jailed on February 14 and has been indicted on 17 capital murder charges, has been visited by one member of his family and the woman who took him in after his mother died; the only other visitors have been doctors and his public defenders. His public defenders have stated he will plead guilty to all charges if prosecutors eschew seeking the death penalty.
Records from Broward County Jail report the shooter “appeared to break out in laughter” on the evening of February 20 after he was visited by an unknown person, according to The Daily Mail. Consistent reports of the shooter being “restless at night” followed in the following days; on February 23, he would not leave his cell for recreational time but was seen “laughing and giggling” with his attorneys.
CNN reported, “Jail visitation logs indicate that his younger brother visited him on the 22nd and 24th,” along with the woman who took in the shooter and his brother after their mother died.
Prison guards have observed the shooter taking medication, although they are unsure what it is.
Initial reports described the shooter as logical and coherent.
Chief Assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes stated of the prison reports, “"They are snippet observations from corrections officers and are not clinical impressions made by his treating psychologist or psychiatrist at the jail.”