Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty for Accused Florida School Shooter

Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty for Accused Florida School Shooter

The man charged with killing 17 students and teachers at a Florida high school last month will face the death penalty.

Michael Satz, the state attorney for Broward County, filed the notice with Judge Elizabeth Scherer of his office's intent to seek the death sentence, ahead of a court hearing on Wednesday.

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. "We still stand ready to immediately plead guilty to 34 consecutive life sentences". Mr. Cruz is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the attack on February 14, when authorities say the former student opened fire with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. Anthony Borges, 15, was shot five times.

Prosecutors' decision to seek the death penalty does not necessarily mean that a plea deal is off the table, though the only other penalty available for Cruz is life in prison without the possibility of parole, The Associated Press reported. According to the reports, Cruz, through his attorneys, had previously expressed a willingness to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. To see more, visit WLRN 91.3 FM.

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The shooting has reignited the debate over gun control in Florida and across the country.

While Gov. Rick Scott just signed a new school safety and gun bill into law, the state's Constitution Revision Commission may vote to place gun restrictions on this year's ballot. The commission has the power to ask voters to approve changes to the state's constitution.

The family's attorney says that after surgeries, his intestinal area has been sealed off. Alex Arreaza says the student is breathing on his own after being taken off a ventilator. He said they need to act because the National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against the new law approved by the Legislature.

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