Florida prosecutors intend to seek death penalty for Parkland school shooter


Satz has announced he will seek the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, charged with multiple counts of murder after a shooting massacre in Parkland.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, has admitted carrying out the attack and is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Those factors include Cruz's prior criminal record, the "heinous, atrocious and cruel" nature of the crime, and the "cold, calculated and premeditated" manner in which it was carried out.

Broward County public defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing Cruz, has said there were many warning signs that Cruz was mentally unstable and potentially violent, and that the death penalty might be going too far. The only other sentence for Cruz if convicted would be life in prison without parole.

After the filing, Cruz's attorneys repeated their offer for Cruz to plead guilty if prosecutors agreed to not pursue the death penalty.

This decision means that south Florida will likely see a lengthy prosecution with emotional testimony about what unfolded inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

His previous not guilty plea indicated that Cruz denied his alleged role in the shooting, even though the evidence against him is overwhelming and Cruz himself has confessed to authorities, they say.

But a death sentence is no guarantee. "The public gets to know everything about this guy that we've invested this time and these resources in".



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