Florida shooter must die: prosecutors
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.