Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Prosecutors will seek death penalty for Nikolas Cruz

Nikolas Cruz Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty BREAKING: Prosecutors To Seek Death Penalty for Parkland Teen Shooter
Sammy Stanley | 14 March, 2018, 02:48

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people in last month's shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school.

The State filed notice in the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial District on Tuesday, according to WSVN-TV.

Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the attack on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 14 students and three staff died. He faces 34 charges, including 17 counts of first-degree murder.

If he does reach a plea deal with prosecutors, the only other option for Cruz is life in prison without the possibility of parole. His defense attorneys had tried to prevent a death-penalty trial by bargaining with prosecutors for a life sentence in exchange for Cruz's guilty plea.

Finklestein's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Cruz's attorneys have said he would plead guilty if the death penalty was not pursued in the Valentine's Day massacre.

Cruz's attorneys had last week filed court documents withdrawing a not guilty plea filed on his behalf, saying that instead he would stand mute in response to the charges.

The shooting has sparked a fierce national debate over gun rights, with numerous student survivors vowing to push for gun control regulations so that the shooting they lived through might be the last.

Shortly before the commission hearing in St Petersburg, students from Tampa Bay area schools spoke passionately in favour of additional gun regulations, as did the father of a student who attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

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