A female juror in the Parkland, Florida, shooting case was threatened during deliberations on Oct. 13, according to a new court filing.
"This Court has a duty to investigate this allegation. Since this is a potential crime, the State requests that law enforcement conduct the interview of Juror X rather than the Court or the parties," prosecutors added.
They made a motion for the juror to be interviewed.
Cruz murdered 17 people and left 17 others wounded.
The trial was for Cruz's sentence. Jurors could decide between capital punishment and life in prison.
Florida rules state that any party who has reason to believe a verdict may be subject to a legal challenge can ask a court to permit an interview of a juror or jurors within 10 days of a verdict.
Granting such a motion is up to the trial judge.
The identity of the juror will be provided during a hearing on the matter, prosecutors said.
Juror Speaks OutIn another filing, Denise Cunha, one of the jurors, challenged notions that she had her mind made up before the trial commenced.
Another juror overheard other jurors, who voted for Cruz to receive the death penalty, stating that Cunha had already made up her mind to sentence Cruz to life in prison, Cunha said.
"The deliberations were very tense and some jurors became extremely unhappy once I mentioned I would vote for life," she added.
Cunha offered her phone number to Scherer if there were any questions. The number was redacted in the copy of the note that was placed on the court docket.
Family members of victims, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist were among the parties expressing disappointment with Cruz not being sentenced to death.