Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against suspect in Parkland school massacre

Prosecutors will seek death penalty for Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz, the Broward State Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

In a notice filed on Tuesday, prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty and would prove the crime "was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel".

Last week Cruz, above, appeared before magistrate court via video where 17 attempted murder charges were added by the grand jury to the existing premeditated murder charges.

Attorneys for Cruz do not contest his guilt, and they have offered to have him plead guilty if prosecutors did not seek the death penalty and instead agreed to a life sentence in prison. The announcement doesn't negate the ability for a plea deal to be reached.

"If not allowed to do that tomorrow (at the hearing), out of respect for the victims' families we will stand mute to the charges at the arraignment". The court is expected to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf, Finkelstein said.

Broward Health spokeswoman Jennifer Smith said Tuesday that Anthony Borges' condition has now been upgraded to fair.

CDC: Missing employee received early promotion
The agency also refuted reports that Cunningham had been passed over for a promotion in the days leading up to his disappearance. Viviana Tory, Cunningham's next-door neighbor, said that Cunningham had told her husband something odd on the same day.

The shooting has sparked a fierce national debate over gun rights, with numerous student survivors vowing to push for gun control regulations so that the shooting they lived through might be the last. The commission, a special panel that meets every 20 years, has the power to ask voters to approve changes to the state's constitution.

Tuesday's news comes one day before the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

"You can help defeat this challenge", Montalto told commissioners.

The commission will consider proposals that call for raising the age of weapon purchases to 21, banning bump stocks, a ban on types of semi-automatic rifles and extending the waiting period for gun purchases.

The defendant was arrested shortly after the shooting at the high school, which is the worst high school shooting in USA history.

"Our kids are not asking to do away with the 2nd Amendment".

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