(NEW YORK POST) – The confessed Florida shooter has been “smiling and giggling” while in isolation behind bars, according to reports that described him as “well-groomed” with a “quiet demeanor” and restless at night.
The observations were made by deputies between Feb. 17 and 24 at Broward County Jail, where Nikolas Cruz has been locked up since his alleged Valentine’s Day rampage that left 17 dead at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
Cruz was housed in a single-man cell in the infirmary and away from the general population because of his high-profile status, CNN reported Wednesday.
The 19-year-old’s behavior was noted Feb. 20.
“Appeared to break out in laughter both during and immediately following his professional visit at 1848 hours and later at 1910 hours,” a deputy wrote.
Other notes from three deputies from that day described Cruz as “well-groomed, calm/quiet demeanor,” “follows commands, talks softly and very little,” “follows commands and responds to questions,” “appears slower than normal in his movement.”
Cruz was moved to a different cell Feb. 23 and received a visit from his lawyers.
He appeared to be “coherent” during the chat, according to a deputy who noted, “inmate was also observed smiling and giggling.”
Cruz was described as having trouble sleeping Feb. 21, 22 and 24.
On Feb. 22, a deputy wrote at 2:48 a.m. that Cruz was “restless” and “tossing from time to time.” That observation was repeated at 3:36 a.m. by another deputy.
Another noted at 11:20 a.m., “restless, tossing from time to time in his bunk, staring at ceiling.”
On some days, Cruz is described as avoiding eye contact and looking “downward with a blank stare.” Deputies also said he “often sits with a blank stare, appears to be in thought” and that his thinking appeared “logical.”
On Feb. 24, Cruz ate his entire breakfast, showered and brushed his teeth and was “given time to walk outside his cell and did so.”
He then was visited by an unidentified family member.
Cruz requested to read a Bible before trying to turn in for the night.
“(Twists) and turns in bunk, does not sleep, stares at wall in deep thought, eyes closed, appears to be resting, not asleep,” a deputy wrote.
Cruz’s lawyer Gordon Weekes warned against reading too much into the jail notes.
“They are snippets, observations from corrections officers and are not clinical impressions made by his treating psychologist or psychiatrist at the jail. They don’t show a complete picture,” he said. “They are generated because Mr. Cruz has a high-profile case and is on suicide watch.”