Not-guilty plea for Fla. school shooting suspect

Nikolas Jacob Cruz

State prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty in the case.

"The state intends to seek the death penalty against defendant Nikolas Jacob Cruz", the state attorney for Broward County, Michael Satz, said in a court filing on the eve of the next hearing in the case. He says Cruz will rot in hell no matter when it is that he arrives there. The announcement doesn't negate the ability for a plea deal to be reached.

Cruz is due to appear in a Fort Lauderdale court on Wednesday for formal arraignment, where he will be asked to plead to the charges.

Defense attorney Howard Finkelstein has offered to have Cruz serve a sentence of life in exchange for guilty plea to 34 grand jury charges, which includes 17 counts of first-degree murder. Classmates and others who knew him also described signs of mental illness, with some telling media outlets they outright predicted he might one day be a school shooter.

Lawyers representing Cruz have said he will plead guilty if the death penalty is not considered.

Broward Health spokeswoman Jennifer Smith said Tuesday that Anthony Borges' condition has now been upgraded to fair.

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Republican lawmakers on Wednesday were particularly critical of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as Florida officials, for not acting on tips or ensuring that Cruz received treatment for mental illness. After surgeries, his condition was upgraded to fair.

On the other side of the courtroom sat the grieving families of those killed or wounded in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schoolexactly one month ago.

"You can help defeat this challenge", Mr Montalto told commissioners.

Shortly before the commission hearing in St Petersburg, students from Tampa Bay area schools spoke passionately in favour of additional gun regulations, as did the father of a student who attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Petty, his voice shaking with emotion, called on lawmakers to follow the lead of Florida, which just passed legislation that raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21; extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns; and bans bump stocks, which allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire. "They're not asking to take away people's guns or their ability to hunt", said John Willis.

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