Florida prosecutors to seek death penalty for accused Parkland shooter

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

But the State Attorney's Office wouldn't take capital punishment off the table, listing seven "aggravating factors" that a jury can use to justify ordering Cruz's execution for the February 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Florida prosecutors said Tuesday they will seek a death sentence against school shooter Nikolas Cruz for last month's shooting attack at a high school in Parkland.

"The state intends to seek the death penalty against defendant Nikolas Jacob Cruz", the state attorney for Broward County, Michael Satz, said in a court filing on the eve of the next hearing in the case.

Prosecutors said they chose to seek the highest form of punishment due to a number of factors.

"We still stand ready to immediately plead guilty to 34 consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole", Howard Finkelstein, a county public defender, wrote in an email. Not, should he go free? Weeks after being shot, he fell critically ill of an intestinal infection.

The shooting has reignited the debate over gun control in Florida and across the country.

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Tuesday's news comes one day before the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Broward Health spokeswoman Jennifer Smith said Tuesday that Anthony Borges' condition has now been upgraded to fair.

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.

This decision means that South Florida will likely see a lengthy prosecution with emotional testimony about what unfolded inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The family's attorney says that after surgeries, his intestinal area has been sealed off. Alex Arreaza says the student is breathing on his own after being taken off a ventilator.

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