Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Prosecutors will seek death penalty for Florida school massacre suspect

Prosecutors will seek death penalty for Florida school massacre suspect

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

He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 attempted murders.

In a notice filed Tuesday in circuit court, Michael Satz, the Broward state attorney, said the state meant to seek the death penalty for Cruz and would prove that the crime "was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel".

Nikolas Cruz, facing 17 charges of premeditated murder in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, appears in court for a status hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. February 19, 2018.

In court filings Tuesday, prosecutors also said Cruz put people at risk of death and hindered "any government function or enforcement of laws". A plea deal is still possible despite Tuesday's court filing. Lawyers for Mr. Cruz, who have repeatedly said that he would plead guilty in exchange for life in prison without the possibility of parole, are not expected to contest his guilt at what is certain to be an agonizing and emotional trial.

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

While Gov. 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.

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