Prosecutors Will Seek Death Penalty for Accused Florida School Shooter
Mar 14 2018
But the State Attorney's Office wouldn't take capital punishment off the table, listing seven "aggravating factors" that a jury can use to justify ordering Cruz's execution for the February 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The Broward State Attorney said prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case of self-confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz.
Jaffe's statement came after prosecutors said they intend to seek the death penalty for Cruz.
While they continue to acknowledge that he carried out the rampage, they cannot plead guilty while Cruz could be sentenced to death, Finkelstein said Tuesday.
Also in the docs obtained by TMZ, prosecutors say they want to choose the mental health expert who will evaluate Cruz should the defense raise his mental health as a mitigating factor in the crime.
The Parkland massacre has sparked a wave of student activism, renewed political tension over gun control and even forced the normally pro-firearm friendly Florida Legislature to pass a law tightening access to the weapons.
A 15-year-old student is improving after falling critically ill from an intestinal infection weeks after being shot five times at his Florida school shooting. The commission has the power to ask voters to approve changes to the state's constitution. He asked commissioners at a public hearing Tuesday to act because the National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against the new law. After surgery, his condition was upgraded to fair, his attorney and the hospital said.
Cruz was arrested shortly after committing the Valentine's Day killings and fleeing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus among terrified students.