Sunday, 22 July, 2018


Florida Will Seek Execution of Nikolas Cruz in Parkland Shooting Trial

David T. Jones David T. Jones
Bennie Garza | 14 March, 2018, 11:56

Tuesday's notice of intent does not necessarily mean a plea deal will not be reached.

A Florida man whose son and daughter survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School says he doesn't care if the alleged shooter faces life in prison or the death penalty.

Satz argued that the death penalty was warranted because Cruz "knowingly created a great risk of death to many persons" and committed a crime in a "cold, calculated and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification", and because the crime "was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel", according to a copy of the filing.

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

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

Prosecutors announced that they will be seeking the extreme punishment in the case Tuesday morning.

"If we are not allowed to do so tomorrow, we will stand mute to the charges".

Cruz's lawyers have made a decision to take that approach to avoid upsetting survivors and families of victims with the "fiction" of a not guilty plea.

Cruz's attorneys have pointed to mental illness as a factor, saying that the teen battled depression after the death of his adoptive mother.

In other developments, a student who is credited with saving the lives of 20 students by attempting to close and lock a classroom door during the attack was improving at a hospital. Weeks after being shot, he fell critically ill of an intestinal infection.

The attack, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is the deadliest United States school shooting since 2012.

Authorities have not released a motive in the shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where three faculty members and 14 students were killed on Valentine's Day. After surgeries, his condition was upgraded to fair, his attorney and the hospital said.

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