A Florida prosecutor said Tuesday that he would seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing 17 people last month at a high school in Parkland, moving the state closer to a rare trial for someone charged in a mass shooting.
Cruz has another formal arraignment scheduled for Wednesday, during which he is expected to be arraigned on an additional 17 counts of first-degree murder.
CBN News has learned the office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice of its intentions Tuesday. The announcement doesn't negate the ability for a plea deal to be reached.
"We still stand ready to immediately plead guilty to 34 consecutive life sentences".
Shortly after the filing of the notice, Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein repeated their offer for Nikolas Cruz to plead guilty if the death sentence is taken off the table. Not, did he do it? Not, should he go free?
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Faces of the judge, attorneys and jurors are blurred out and the agency declined comment about the release of the video. An oficer out of shot yells "drop the pen".
"This is an opportunity to put the criminal case behind and help the victims' families begin to try and pick up pieces of their lives for our community to heal and to figure out how we stop these things from ever happening again", Finkelstein said last month. He says Cruz will rot in hell no matter when it is that he arrives there.
And while Nikolas Cruz opted to stand mute, the outlet pointed out that it still has the same immediate effect as a not guilty plea. Classmates and others who knew him also described signs of mental illness, with some telling media outlets they outright predicted he might one day be a school shooter. After surgery, his condition was upgraded to fair, his attorney and the hospital said. The commission, a special panel that meets every 20 years, has the power to ask voters to approve changes to the state's constitution.
"You can help defeat this challenge", Montalto told commissioners.
The commission will consider proposals that call for 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.
Cruz gunned down at least 17 people on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.