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Florida School Shooting Suspect Will Face the Death Penalty

14 March 2018

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, according to a notice filed in court on Tuesday.

In a notice filed Tuesday in circuit court, Michael J. Satz, the Broward state attorney, said the state meant to seek the death penalty for Cruz and would prove that the crime "was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel".

This could certainly come into play as Cruz's defense team has said he battled with mental illness and depression after his adoptive mother died.

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Cruz's attorney, Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, said in a statement to ABC News that the move by prosecutors "was not unexpected".

"We are not saying he is not guilty but we can't plead guilty while death is still on the table", Finkelstein wrote. Cruz is due to appear in court in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday for his arraignment, where he will be formally asked to plead to the charges. To see more, visit WLRN 91.3 FM.

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Tony Montalto's daughter was one of 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in February. After surgeries, 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.

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

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The decision to seek the death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, 19, was widely expected, in part because Mr. Satz had hinted at his plans days after the attack.

Florida School Shooting Suspect Will Face the Death Penalty