Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz

Nikolas Cruz could be put to death by the state of Florida if he's found guilty for the slaying of the 17 victims in Parkland

Nikolas Cruz could be put to death by the state of Florida if he's found guilty for the slaying of the 17 victims in Parkland

The Broward State Attorney's Office announced today that it intends to seek the death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old alleged perpetrator of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, in which 17 people were murdered.

The office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice Tuesday.

Nikolas Cruz, who was arrested after that massacre on Valentine's Day in Parkland, Florida, was indicted last week by a grand jury in Broward County on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree, and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree.

But standing mute neither denies nor confirms the allegations, and allows his defense attorneys to proceed without appearing to disrespect the victims. The court is expected to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf, Finkelstein said.

Meanwhile, 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.

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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. After surgeries, his condition was upgraded to fair, his attorney and the hospital said. He asked commissioners at a public hearing Tuesday to act because the National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against the new law.

"You can help defeat this challenge", Montalto told commissioners.

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

But this week he failed to follow up on plans to ban the sale of assault rifles, or the sale of any type of gun to those under 21. "They're not asking to take away people's guns or their ability to hunt", said John Willis.

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