Prosecutors seek death penalty for Nikolas Cruz

The Latest: Survivors' dad reacts to prosecutor's decision

Those included the charges that Cruz "knowingly created a great risk of death" to many people, the shooting was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel", and it was committed in a "cold, calculated and premeditated manner".

The announcement came almost a week after Cruz was indicted by a grand jury on 34 counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder for the February 14 massacre, which killed 17 people and injured the same number.

Ira Jaffe said in a statement Tuesday that he can see both sides of the death penalty debate but that he doesn't think anyone should spend any more time thinking about Nikolas Cruz.

While the death penalty on the table may or may not bring relief to Cruz's victims and families of the deceased, the Washington Post points out that the decision made by prosecutors will likely result in a long, drawn-out trial which would include emotional testimony from Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors, and what they witnessed that day.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie Guttenberg died in the shooting, was angry the state chose to pursue the death penalty, noting how tortuously long capital punishment cases last.

Tony Montalto, whose daughter was one of the 17 killed at Stoneman Douglas, asked commissioners at a public hearing Tuesday to put the proposals before voters.

Florida voters may get a chance to decide whether or not they want to approve new gun control restrictions. After surgeries, his condition was upgraded to fair.

Cruz's lawyers previously said the former student would plead guilty only if the death penalty was not pursued by state prosecutors. Tuesday's notice of intent does not necessarily mean a plea deal will not be reached.

Borges' family has filed notice that they will sue Florida authorities to seek money to cover the cost of his recovery.

Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein originally offered for Cruz to give a guilty plea in exchange for a life in prison sentence.



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