Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty In Florida School Shooting

MIAMI (CBSNewYork/AP) – The former student accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month will face the death penalty, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Nikolas Cruz is set to be formally arraigned Wednesday on 34 counts, including 17 first-degree murder charges.

The office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice of its intentions Tuesday. The only other penalty option for Cruz, if convicted, is life in prison with no possibility of parole.

The action by prosecutors Tuesday does not necessarily mean a plea deal will not be reached.

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Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing Cruz, has said there were so many warning signs that Cruz was mentally unstable and potentially violent the death penalty might…

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