“The state intends to hunt the dying penalty in opposition to defendant Nikolas Jacob Cruz,” the state legal professional for Broward County, Michael Satz, stated in a court docket submitting on the eve of the subsequent listening to within the case.
The fees in opposition to Cruz — 17 counts of premeditated homicide and 17 counts of tried homicide — are to be learn out in court docket on Wednesday.
It was unclear whether or not Cruz can be current, a spokesman for the court docket advised AFP.
Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College within the south Florida metropolis of Parkland on February 14 and opened fireplace at college students and employees with an AR-15-style semi-automatic weapon.
He was later arrested and admitted underneath questioning to having carried out the assault.
His legal professionals have let it’s identified he’s ready to plead responsible if he’s assured to not obtain a dying sentence. A plea deal remains to be potential regardless of Tuesday’s court docket submitting.
A trial date has but to be set and would rely on Cruz being declared competent to face trial.
Tuesday’s court docket submitting stated he should give discover no less than 20 days earlier than the trial of “intent to current skilled testimony of psychological mitigation.”
Satz, the Broward county prosecutor, is alleged to be satisfied that the prosecution can present that Cruz’s murders meet the usual for the dying penalty.
On Wednesday, tens of 1000’s of US college students plan to watch 17 minutes of silence to mark the deaths precisely one month after the Parkland taking pictures, and to press lawmakers to enact a ban on AR-15-style weapons.
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