Nikolas Cruz plans to plead guilty to 17 counts of murder for the 2018 Parkland school shooting, his lawyers say.
Cruz also pleaded guilty Friday to attacking a Broward County Jail guard nine months after the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
in Parkland, Florida, his lawyers said Friday.Cruz also plans to plead guilty to 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder in connection with the deadliest high school shooting in recent U.S. history.The pleas will come with no conditions and prosecutors still plan to seek the death penalty. That will be decided by a jury.
The shooting trial has been delayed by the pandemic and arguments over witnesses and evidence.Prosecutors seemed to be blindsided by the declaration of Cruz's intentions during an abruptly scheduled hearing on Friday.Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, too, seemed confused by the purpose of the hearing."I'm going to leave it up to you to let me know what's going on because apparently I'm the last to know here," she told defense attorneys at the start of the hearing.
When they explained Cruz planned to plead guilty in the shooting and alsocharges that he attacked a Broward County Jail guardnine months later, Scherer called for Cruz, who was not in the courtroom, to be brought there.He appeared, wearing a black sweater, khakis, glasses and a mask. After answering routine questions with"yes, ma'am" and"no ma'am," Cruz pleaded guilty to all four counts related to the guard attack, including attempted aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. headtopics.com
He also said he has not been on medication for about a year and had been told previously that he suffered from anxiety and depression but had not been formally diagnosed, and was mentally fit to plead guilty.Jury selectionin that trial began earlier this month.
Scherer explained that prosecutors can argue that the conviction is an aggravating factor when they seek his execution during the penalty phase of his murder trial if convicted. Cruz said he understood.Friday's development came more than three years after Cruz arrived at
Douglasin an Uber, just before classes were over on Feb. 14.Armed with an AR-15, he gunned down 14 students and three staff members, and wounded 17 others. Then 19, Cruz had been expelled from the school the previous year.Cruz confessed to the attack, telling investigators he had brought the weapon and several loaded magazines stuffed into a backpack and planned to leave them behind in an effort to blend in with fleeing students, according to a police affidavit.
He was arrested about an hour after the shooting.Cruz had legally bought the .223-caliber rifle in early 2017 at Sunrise Tactical Supply, a federally licensed gun store in Coral Springs, authorities said.In the aftermath of the shooting, Parkland student activists formed March for Our Lives, a group that rallied hundreds of thousands around the country for tighter gun laws. In addition to a nationally televised march in Washington, D.C., parents also made impassioned pleas for accountability and policies aimed at halting gun violence. headtopics.comRead more: NBC News »
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Nikolas Cruz Is Expected to Plead Guilty to 2018 Parkland School ShootingAttorneys for Nikolas Cruz, who is accused of killing 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in 2018, said he planned to change his plea, likely indicating he would plead guilty to murder charges. wow he was bullied and should be let out on bail He's already breathed good air for 3 years longer than he should have. Firing squad should have been called in a week after.
Nikolas Cruz to plead guilty to murder in 2018 Parkland, Florida school massacreNikolas Cruz will plead guilty to murder in the 2018 high school gun massacre that killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, his lawyer told a judge on Friday.
Nikolas Cruz to plead guilty to Parkland school shootingNikolas Cruz is planning to plead guilty next week to 17 counts of murder in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. NBC News ' Sam Brock and Danny Cevallos discuss what this means for the case and whether Cruz could still get the death penalty.
Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz To Plead Guilty To 17 Murder ChargesBREAKING: Cruz’s trial is likely to skip to the penalty phase, in which a jury decides his sentence for the 2018 mass shooting in Florida. WTF is up with using a pic where he is clearly smiling under his mask? Clearly this is his mother and grandmother. Same narrow close set eyes.
Nikolas Cruz plans to plead guilty in Parkland shootingJUST IN: Gunman in Parkland, Florida mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School wants to enter a guilty plea in the killing of 17 people, defense attorneys said in court. Hi, please check out my gig if you need any kind of graphic design Straight to jail, life no parole, no protective custody either. Does not deserve Fred Guttenberg, father of 14-year-old victim Jaime: 'My only comment is to remember the victims. Remember Jaime. Rather than talk about the murderer.'
Nikolas Cruz intends to plead guilty to Parkland shooting charges, his lawyer saysNikolas Cruz will plead guilty to charges stemming from the February 2018 massacre at South Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School -- the deadliest high school shooting in US history -- his attorney said Friday in court. The firing squad is too good for him Did they make a plea deal? I hope not Why should his life be spared? Clearly he's scared of dying but he didn't care that those kids he shot were also scared to die. PLEASE don't take the death penalty off the table!