Accused shooter Nicolas Cruz pleaded guilty on Wednesday. Nicolas pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the 2018 mass shooting. The incident happens at the Majority Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It was the deadliest massacre ever at a United States high school.
At a hearing, Cruz, 23 stood hunched over and entered one guilty plea at a time as the judge read off the charges. Further, his lawyer, David Wheeler, Broward Country’s chief assistance public defends the case. He said,” last week Cruz intended to plead guilty in Valentine’s Day attack.
Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — the deadliest shooting at a U.S. high school ever https://t.co/Izkc2QI0Rq pic.twitter.com/5Zl4gNTIF7
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What does Nicolas Cruz say?
Cruz was a 19-year old expelled student with a history of mental health and behavioural issues. He has the problem at the time of the ” cold, calculated, and premeditated” killings, Broward Country’s State’s Attorney office said in court documents.
Further, after the pleas has entered, Cruz removed his Covid-19 mask and apologized to his victims.
He said,” I am very sorry for what I did and I have to live with it every day. Further, and that if I were to get a second chance. I will do everything in my power to try to help others…Moreover, I have to live with this every day, and it also brings me nightmares that I can’t live with myself sometimes.” He said that when he clutched the wooden podium and he stood at while the judge spoke to him.
About the judgment regarding Nicolas Cruz
Furthermore, the prosecutors have read the detailed account of the incident. Because prosecutors have vowed to seek the death penalty, his change of plea from not guilty opens the penalty phase. A jury would decide whether he should get the death penalty or life imprisonment.
Moreover, in Florida, justice determines whether to impose a death sentence. If prosecutors are too willing to drop the potential death penalty as part of any deal. So it may be struck with Cruz, then a jury would decide.
Broward Country Circuit judge Elizabeth Scherer scheduled jury selection for the penalty phase in the case to begin n January 4. She also set s status hearing for October 26.