Nikolas Cruz

MIAMI (AP) — The former student charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month will face the death penalty, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, is scheduled for formal arraignment Wednesday on a 34-count indictment, including 17 first-degree murder charges. Cruz’s attorneys have said he would plead guilty if the death penalty was not pursued in the Valentine’s Day massacre.

The office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice of its intentions Tuesday. The action by prosecutors Tuesday does not necessarily mean a plea deal will not be reached.

The only other penalty option for Cruz is life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing Cruz, has said there were so many warning signs that Cruz was mentally unstable and potentially violent, and that the death penalty might be going too far. Finkelstein said Cruz would likely plead guilty if prosecutors opt not to seek the death penalty.

“Because that’s what this case is about. Not, did he do it? Not, should he go free? Should he live or should he die,” Finkelstein told The Associated Press last month.

Finklestein’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, a student who is credited with saving the lives of 20 students by attempting to close and lock a classroom door during the attack was improving at a hospital. Anthony Borges, 15, was shot five times. Weeks after being shot, he fell critically ill of an intestinal infection. After surgeries, his condition was upgraded to fair, his attorney and the hospital said.

His intestinal area has been sealed off and he is breathing on his own after being taken off a ventilator, family attorney Alex Arreaza said.

Borges’ family has filed notice that they will sue Florida authorities to seek money to cover the cost of his recovery.



(Seminole Country Sheriff’s Office via AP)

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7 thoughts on “Florida Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty In School Shooting

  1. leadjustone on said:

    The question is, Why isn’t he already dead? They should have taken his butt out when they caught him, instead of gingerly taking him down and putting the handcuffs on. Not a hair on his evil little head was harmed. This just really ticks me off!!! Bottom line; if he looked like Trayvon Martin, he would already be in the ground.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    You’re right Ted and there is bound to be one, the other 11 just have to make sure to “convince” him/her to take the blinders off and see him for what he really is and not the picture his defense team will surely try and paint. A cold-blooded KILLER.

  3. Ted Gravely on said:

    Seeking the death penalty and a jury of his peers applying it are two different things. This killer indiscriminately took the innocent lives of people who couldn’t defend themselves. However, this is Florida and it only takes one soft heart to not support it. Without blinking an eye, they should pray his soul to God, but give his behind to the State of Florida. Stick a needle in him and don’t look back. If he confessed, GOD has already forgiven him. So, send him immediately to be with the Father. If not, let him play in the Devil’s fire.

  4. specialt757 on said:

    The 20 prison stay is way too long for this scum, taxpayer dollars will go towards his 3 hots & a cot and his and the state’s attorneys to fight appeal after appeal. What a waste, he should really do us all a favor.

  5. Prison is way too good for this POS.

    Bring back the FIRING SQUADS!!!!!!
    Line this Turd up and let him be mowed down just like he shot and killed his school VICTIMS!!!!!!!!

    It would save the TAXPAYER’s $$$$$$.

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