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State to seek death penalty for Parkland shooting

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/13/18, 03:55 pm

Florida prosecutors announced Tuesday they plan to seek the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old former student charged with killing 17 people Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed formal notice of the decision Tuesday. Cruz is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for an arraignment. His attorneys have said he would plead guilty to the charges against him in exchange for a sentence of life in prison. The prosecutor’s actions Tuesday do not preclude a future plea agreement.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Tue, 03/13/2018 05:30 pm

    "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image." (Gen. 9:6)

    But, "Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress." (Ps. 107:13)

    May he cry out to God!

  • Ken Clark
    Posted: Wed, 03/14/2018 09:03 am

    Not an argument for or against the death penalty, but why even consider a plea agreement when it will can proven he is guilty not even beyond reasonable doubt, but beyond any doubt? Our justice system is weak and punishment should be swift in cases like these.

  • Spock
    Posted: Wed, 03/14/2018 01:31 pm

    We no longer have a justice system.  Now, it's just a system.

  • TWH
    Posted: Wed, 03/14/2018 02:31 pm

    I'm not against the death penalty but this young man was let down by social services and law enforcement that are responsible to deal with cases like his. I would give him life, and bring up many individuals from the FBI, Sheriff, School, and Social Services on serious charges, hopefully involving jail time.