Florida shooter must die: pros­e­cu­tors

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

NEW YORK: Florida pros­e­cu­tors will seek the death penalty for Niko­las Cruz, the former stu­dent ac­cused of mur­der­ing 17 peo­ple in a shoot­ing spree last month at a Park­land high school.

Michael Satz, the state at­tor­ney for Broward County, has filed a no­tice with Judge El­iz­a­beth Scherer of his of­fice’s in­tent to seek the death sen­tence, ahead of a court hear­ing this week. The no­tice cited mul­ti­ple rea­sons un­der Florida law for the death penalty in­clud­ing the charges that Cruz “know­ingly cre­ated a great risk of death” to many peo­ple, the shoot­ing was “es­pe­cially heinous, atro­cious or cruel,” and it was com­mit­ted in a “cold, cal­cu­lated and pre­med­i­tated man­ner.”

Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of pre­med­i­tated mur­der and 17 counts of at­tempted mur­der for the at­tack on Fe­bru­ary 14 at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School in which 14 stu­dents and three staff were killed.

Af­ter the fil­ing, Cruz’s at­tor­neys re­peated their of­fer for Cruz to plead guilty if pros­e­cu­tors agreed to not pur­sue the death penalty.

Niko­las Cruz.

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