Can Suspected School Shooter Nikolas Cruz Dodge The Death Penalty?

DA to seek death penalty in Parkland high school mass shooting

Now formally facing the death penalty, the suspect in the Valentine's Day school shooting that killed 17 people in Florida is headed for a court appearance on a 34-count indictment.

Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty.

Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer entered the not guilty pleas on Cruz's behalf after he remained silent. Wilford's father never stopped staring at Cruz during the hearing.

Prosecutors initially declined to say whether they would accept Finkelstein's offer, though Michael J. Satz, the state attorney for Broward County, gave a considerable hint days after the massacre by saying it was "the type of case the death penalty was designed for". His brother Zachary was present and was crying as his sibling entered the courtroom, according to WPLG in Miami.

Students released from a lockdown embrace following following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. She said Cruz did not have access to any money at this time.

After the hearing, Borges' father described his determination to see Cruz in court as his son recovers in the hospital.

"Death by injection would be too easy in my eyes", Andrew Pollack, father of Meadow Pollack.

Alleged Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz had a not-guilty plea entered in court on Wednesday ahead of his trial on 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.

On the same day of Cruz's arraignment Wednesday, high school students across the country staged a walkout for 17 minutes to correspond with the number of Parkland victims.

"This guy's is willing to plea and spend the rest of his life in the general population".

"If I was able to dictate the method of death, then I would be for the death penalty", Andrew Pollack said. A plea deal is still possible despite Tuesday's court filing. The only other penalty option for Cruz, if convicted, is life in prison with no possibility of parole.



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