Nikolas Cruz Prosecutors Intend to Seek Death Penalty

Nikolas Cruz Prosecutors Intend to Seek Death Penalty

Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the south Florida city of Parkland on February 14 and opened fire at students and staff with an AR-15-style semi-automatic weapon.

The state of Florida will seek the death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, who allegedly killed 17 people in the Parkland High School shooting.

In a notice filed on Tuesday, prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty and would prove the crime "was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel".

Cruz's public defender Howard Finkelstein is not contesting his client's guilt, and is instead offering to have him plead guilty in exchange for life in prison.

The legal team for the 19-year-old say they were prepared to offer 34 consecutive life sentences without parole for Cruz to plead guilty on all counts.

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 Governor Rick Scott just signed a new school safety and gun bill into law, the state's Constitution Revision Commission may vote to place gun restrictions on this year's ballot. After surgeries, his condition was upgraded to fair, his attorney and the hospital said. The commission has the power to ask voters to approve changes to the state's constitution.

His intestinal area has been sealed off and he is breathing on his own after being taken off a ventilator, family attorney Alex Arreaza said.

Cruz was arrested shortly after committing the Valentine's Day killings and fleeing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus among terrified students.

The announcement came down Tuesday afternoon when they filed a Notice of Intent in his case.

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