Florida prosecutors seeking death penalty in deadly school shooting

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

The Broward State Attorney said prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case of self-confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz.

State attorney Michael Satz notified a Broward County court that prosecutors intend to seek capital punishment for the teen killer, who stormed into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and methodically gunned down his former classmates and teachers on February 14. Seventeen people were killed, and several others wounded.

Satz formally submitted a Notice of Intent to Seek Death with the Clerk of Courts on Tuesday, March 13.

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.

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. Not, did he do it? "Should he live or should he die", Finkelstein told The Associated Press last month.

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