By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It’s been more than 1,000 days since a gunman with an AR-15 rifle burst into a Florida high school, killing 17 people and wounded 17 others. And yet, with Valentine’s Day on Sunday marking the three-year milestone, the death penalty trial of 22-year-old Nikolas Cruz is in limbo. One reason is the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut court operations down and made in-person jail access difficult for the defense. Another is the sheer magnitude of the case, with hundreds of witnesses from that day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. No trial date has been set.