US prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz. The 19-year-old- has already confessed to the crime. Cruz is facing 17 counts of murder and had in February committed a crime no one could ever forget.
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.”
“The capital felony was a homicide and was committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner without any pretence of moral or legal justification,” the notice said.
Lawyers representing Cruz have said he will plead guilty if the death penalty is not considered.
“We still stand ready to immediately plead guilty to 34 consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole,” Howard Finkelstein, a county public defender, said.
“We are not saying he is not guilty but we can’t plead guilty while death is still on the table,” he added.