Florida School Shooting: Prosecutors seeking death penalty

Florida School Shooting: Prosecutors seeking death penalty

The defendant was arrested shortly after the shooting at the high school, which is the worst high school shooting in United States history.

In a notice filed Tuesday in circuit court, Michael J. Satz, the Broward state attorney, said the state meant to seek the death penalty for Cruz and would prove that the crime "was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel".

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.

Broward County, Florida prosecutors announced in a filing on Tuesday that they were officially seeking the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with the Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting massacre that left 17 dead and more than a dozen injured. He faces 34 charges, including 17 counts of first-degree murder.

Nineteen-year-old Cruz is scheduled for formal arraignment on Wednesday on a 34 count indictment, including 17 first degree murder charges.

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"We are not saying he is not guilty but we can't plead guilty while death is still on the table", he added.

Tony Montalto's daughter was one of 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in February. On Wednesday, students across the nation intend to walk out of schools in solidarity with the Parkland students and to demand tougher gun control laws.

Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein originally offered for Cruz to give a guilty plea in exchange for a life in prison sentence. The announcement doesn't negate the ability for a plea deal to be reached.

The commission, which is expected to take a final vote on its proposals over the next few weeks, will consider raising the age of weapon purchases to 21, banning bump stocks, a ban on types of semi-automatic rifles, and extending the waiting period for gun purchases.

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